Study pinpoints genetic markers for axial length, myopia

Hasson, Matt
December 2008
Ocular Surgery News Europe/Asia-Pacific Edition;Dec2008, Vol. 19 Issue 12, p25
The article discusses research being done on genetic factors that influence the development of myopia. It references a study by David A. Mackey et al published in a 2008 issue of "Ophthalmology." Adjusted for age and gender, genetic factors accounted for about 80 percent of variability axial length values studied, supporting the theory that axial length is hereditary, according to the researchers. A genome scan on a subset of 318 subjects showed the role that a gene or genes in the chromosome 5q region play in the heritability of axial length.


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