New Genetic Research on Nearsightedness

May 29, 2018
A massive new study, that included data from 23andMe customers who participated in research, offers the most detailed view yet of the role genetics plays in nearsightedness. It identified dozens of loci, and more than 8,000 variants, associated with nearsightedness, also known as myopia. The study included data from more than 160,000 people of different ancestries, which allowed the researchers to find genetic variants associated with nearsightedness, also known as myopia, in both people of European and Asian ancestry.
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New genetic variants found to influence nearsightedness

February 25, 2013
Editor’s note:  PloS Genetics just published Amy Kiefer and Nick Eriksson’s work. Check out their paper here. Nearsightedness, where far-away objects look blurry, is a endemic affecting about 30-40 percent...
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The Genetics of Nearsightedness, Stretch Marks, and Motion Sickness

October 09, 2012
Amy Kiefer is a Survey Research Manager at 23andMe. She joined the company in 2008. What do nearsightedness, stretch marks, and motion sickness have to do with each other? They...
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SNPwatch: Researchers Focus In On Possible Genetic Link To Myopia

April 14, 2009
  Myopia, or nearsightedness, affects more than a quarter of the U.S. population.  Doing a lot of “close-up work,” including reading, may bring on the condition or make it worse...
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