Take Two for July 16, 2013

New Mexico’s colonial history offers clues to a rare genetic disease

Fronteras El Frio New Mexico CCM

Dr. Leslie Morrison

"This is my time bomb picture," said Dr. Leslie Morrison. "This is the cavernous angioma, and this is after its bled."

In the Southwest, a rare genetic disorder known as the common Hispanic mutation has haunted those of Spanish descent for nearly 400 years. Its nickname is "El Frio", or the cold.

For the first time, researchers are looking into the genealogy of the disease and hoping for treatment. Tristan Ahtone from the Fronteras Desk has this report.

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