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Scientists identify genes linked to glaucoma in Chinese

Published on Sep 3, 2012 2:53 PM
An eye that is afflicted with glaucoma. -- PHOTO: MOHAMAD ROSMAN OTHMAN

SINGAPORE scientists have identified three new genes that are linked to a higher risk of blindness in Chinese people.

They discovered that the genes are associated with primary angle closure glaucoma, which causes blindness. The disease affects 15 million people worldwide, 80 per cent of whom live in Asia.

The research was published in science journal Nature Genetics last week (Aug 26) and could help identify at-risk people earlier and lead to new treatments.

The work was a collaboration between the Singapore Eye Research Institute, Singapore National Eye Centre, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research's Genome Institute of Singapore, National University of Singapore, National University Hospital and Tan Tock Seng Hospital.

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