Asper Biotech recently launched a test for Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, or LHON, a disease characterized by optic nerve dysfunction that leads to painless, subacute loss of central vision. It is caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA and is transmitted by maternal inheritance.

Asper's LHON genetic test can detect all three primary mutations associated with LHON. The test is available as a service that includes DNA extraction, genotyping by array-based primer extension, and data interpretation.

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