An eye on genes. Currently unknown genes are responsible for good eyesight

Many people suffer from eye diseases, that can lead to blindness in the worst case. Eye-related diseases like cataract are well described, nevertheless, the underlying causative genes are frequently unknown. A team of scientists from Frankfurt and Dresden has now set out to identify some of these undiscovered genes in mammals. They discovered 15 previously unknown eye-related genes in their large-scale genomic analysis and confirmed 14 more genes with known roles in the eye. The study is ground-breaking as it uses genome analysis to predict gene function. It lays the foundation for further research related to vision and the eye.

Quelle: IDW Informationsdienst Wissenschaft