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In PLOS Genetics, researchers from the US and Iran describe a new gene with ties to ocular coloboma, an embryonic development disorder previously linked to several genetic glitches. The team did whole-exome sequencing on two cousins affected by ocular coloboma in combination with other skeletal and eye symptoms, including microcornea and cataracts.

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