The developmental genetics of congenital heart disease

Nature. 2008 Feb 21;451(7181):943-8. doi: 10.1038/nature06801.


Congenital heart disease is the leading cause of infant morbidity in the Western world, but only in the past ten years has its aetiology been understood. Recent studies have uncovered the genetic basis for some common forms of the disease and provide new insight into how the heart develops and how dysregulation of heart development leads to disease.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Heart / embryology*
  • Heart / physiopathology
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / genetics
  • Heart Defects, Congenital / physiopathology
  • Heart Diseases / congenital*
  • Heart Diseases / genetics*
  • Heart Diseases / physiopathology
  • Hemodynamics
  • Humans
  • MicroRNAs / genetics
  • MicroRNAs / metabolism
  • Signal Transduction


  • MicroRNAs