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Japanese and American researchers have identified a gene associated with Kawasaki disease, which begins with a high fever and skin rashes and can lead to coronary aneurysms if untreated, according to a report posted Monday in the online edition of the U.S. science journal Nature Genetics.

The gene discovered by members of research organizations including Riken and the University of California is believed to be the first that has the potential to shed light on how the disease occurs and might help to find ways to treat or prevent it, according to the report.

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