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β-casein variants and atherosclerosis—claims are premature

      The possible discovery of a ‘new’ cardiovascular risk factor always arouses interest. Since the factor in question—in this case β-casein A1—is a ubiquitous dietary component and is potentially readily replaceable, possibilities for prevention are exciting. Thus, it is appropriate to examine the evidence at present available to support the claim that β-casein A1 is atherogenic compared with β-casein A2.
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