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The challenges of measuring Lp(a): A fight against Hydra?

  • Florian Kronenberg
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author. Institute of Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Genetics and Pharmacology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Schöpfstr, 41, A-6020, Innsbruck, Austria.
    Affiliations
    Institute of Genetic Epidemiology, Department of Genetics and Pharmacology, Medical University of Innsbruck, Schöpfstr, 41, A-6020, Innsbruck, Austria
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  • Sotirios Tsimikas
    Correspondence
    Corresponding author. Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA, 92093-0682, USA.
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    Vascular Medicine Program, Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA, USA
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      The Hydra of Lerna is a serpentine water monster in Greek mythology. The Hydra possessed many heads that had an enormous regenerative capacity: whenever a head was cut off, the Hydra would regrow two heads. Thus, it was not easy for the ancient hero Herakles to win against this constantly regenerating problem.
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