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Gene mutation affects New Mexicans

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(KOB) A growing number of people in New Mexico are finding out they have a rare and dangerous genetic disorder.

The Common Hispanic Mutation is a dominant gene that has been passed down from one generation to the next for the last 417 years.

It causes weakened capillaries in the brain that that can lead to many different neurological deficits and even sudden death.

The genetic disorder is linked to New Mexico's founding family - Cristobal Baca II and his wife Ana Maria Lara.

In 2017, the Baca Family Historical Project was created to help raise awareness.

"We estimate that probably one in every 50 New Mexico Hispanics may carry the gene," said Nora Chavez, the community engagement specialist for the Baca Family Historical Project.

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