UTHSC Researchers Unravel Genetics of Iris Disease

Memphis, Tenn. (June 26, 2013) – When it comes to the iris of the eye, most people are focused on its color – green, blue, brown and so on. But a group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) are researching the genetics of iris diseases and have recently published a paper online in the journal Pigment Cell and Melanoma Research. For the first time, new pigmentation genes were identified as key players in the eye pigmentation causing iris transillumination defects that could possibly lead to pigment dispersion glaucoma. Transillumination in the eye is the technique of illumination by transmission of light through the pupil in the eye. Transillumination is used in a variety of methods of imaging. [Read more...]