Elusive gene that causes a form of blindness from birth discovered

| July 31, 2012
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Researchers from the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division and their collaborators have isolated an elusive human gene that causes a common form of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a relatively rare but devastating form of early-onset blindness. The new LCA gene is called NMNAT1. Finding the specific gene mutated in patients with LCA is the first step towards developing sight-saving gene therapy.

View the original article here: Elusive Gene That Causes a Form of Blindness from Birth Dlscovered – Science Daily

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