Researchers Identify Myopia Gene

A group of scientists at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have discovered the gene responsible for one of the most common issues corrected with laser eye surgery.

The group, led by Prof. Ohad Birk, identified the gene LEPREL1, which is shown to cause myopia (or nearsightedness) in patients.

An article detailing their findings appears online in the American Journal of Human Genetics.

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