Monday, February 11, 2013

Host of Myopia Genes Discovered

“A British-led team of scientists identified 24 genes containing information that could lead to a drug to stop many children becoming short-sighted,” reports the Mail. “Almost three years ago, the first gene that causes short-sightedness was identified by King’s College London researcher Chris Hammond. Now, leading an international team of scientists and trawling through genetic data from 45,000 people from around the world, including the UK, he has found many more. ...Working out what the genes do and what goes wrong in short-sightedness could lead to eye drops or other drugs to treat the condition.” Read more.

“These findings, published February 10 in the journal Nature Genetics, reveal genetic causes of the trait, which could lead to finding better treatments or ways of preventing the condition in the future.” That's the Science Daily version of the story. Read more.

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