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Genes Tied to Glaucoma

Thursday, 06 Sep 2012 03:26 PM


Three newly identified genes have been linked to glaucoma, a major cause of blindness, Singapore scientists have found.
The discovery, published in the journal Nature Genetics, could help lead to new treatments for glaucoma, which strikes 15 million people worldwide.
A team of scientists – from the Singapore Eye Research Institute/Singapore National Eye Centre, Genome Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, National University Hospital's Department of Ophthalmology, and Tan Tock Seng Hospital – identified the genes after evaluating more than 1,800 glaucoma patients in Asia.
They then compared the patients’ genetic makeup to about 9,600 people without the eye disease.
Lead researcher Aung Tin said the clinical observations suggest the disease is strongly hereditary.
"This provides further evidence that genetic factors play a role in development of [glaucoma]," said Aung. "The results may lead to new insights into disease understanding and open the possibility of novel treatments in the future as well as the potential of early identification of people at risk of the disease."



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