patients but has little effect in blacks.

Another drug to which races respond very differently is the new heart failure treatment known as BiDil, a combination of two existing drugs invented by Jay N. Cohn, a cardiologist at the University of Minnesota. On its first trial, in a general population, BiDil didn't appear to be particularly effective. But Cohn noticed on further analysis that it seemed to have done well in a subset of the population, who turned out to be African Americans. In a new trial, undertaken in African Americans alone, BiDil proved to work so well that the trial had to be stopped in order that the drug could be offered to patients in the

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