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Singapore-made blood test to detect genetic eye disease

Available at public hospitals, test can project how disease will progress

Published on Jul 24, 2014 9:23 AM

Sister Teresa Fernandez had two corneal transplants a few years ago, after the 76-year-old nun suffered tearing, smarting eyes.

Seven of her nine siblings also suffered the same symptoms because a genetic disease called corneal stromal dystrophy runs in her family.

But with the first made-in-Singapore genetic test for the disease, younger members of a family afflicted with the disease can find out whether they have it, and what its progress will be, even if they show no symptoms yet.

The blood test is now being offered to patients at public hospitals, announced its developers yesterday. The first test costs between $500 and $600 but subsequent tests for other family members may be cheaper, they added.

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