Myopia Gene Identified

Scientists have uncovered a new gene linked to the development of myopia or nearsightedness, according to a new report published today in the online journal Nature Genetics. Myopia is thought to affect up to one in every three people. Eye care experts hope that identifying the gene may help to develop successful gene therapies that may help to remedy the eye condition in future.

Scientists at Duke University Medical Centre and colleagues at the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology at University College London were able to identify various mutations of the RASGRF1 gene that resulted in vision errors and myopia. The scientists were also able to breed lab mice without the gene and found that removing the gene variably altered the shape and performance of the eye's lens.

12th September 2010

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