This Week in PLoS

In PLoS One this week, researchers at University Children's Hospital in Skopje, Macedonia, along with their colleagues present their genetic and functional analysis of heterozygous missense mutations in SLC22A12 — the gene encoding the urate transporter protein URAT1 — in patients with idiopathic renal hypouricaemia is an inherited form of hypouricaemia.

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