By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It seems that almost every other week there is a new development related to genetic research and new approaches to common health conditions.

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Many of these developments have been related to various forms of cancer but the latest news is in the battle against heart disease.

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Twenty one separate genetic variations linked to high cholesterol have been detected. Interestingly enough, some are associated with cholesterol elevations in men and others in women.

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At this point this information will have no impact on current treatments but there will definitely be studies and new treatments in the coming years.