Monday, August 11, 2008

Dachshund Gene Mutation May Help Humans With Blindness

These aren't your ordinary doggles that this wire-hair is sporting. They're specially designed sunglasses to aid in his vision, as he suffers from dayblindness caused by inherited cone-rod dystrophy (CRD). In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers have identified a novel mutation in a gene associated with CRD in dogs, raising hopes that potential therapies can be developed for people suffering from these eye disorders. Let's go dachshunds! Read more about it in this press release.

Related: Day Blindness in the Wirehaired Dachshund

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