May 2, 1998
The gene responsible for a rare condition causing abnormal fingernails and the lack of kneecaps has been identified by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Mutations in LMX1B can cause nail-patella syndrome, which can also result in glaucoma and kidney failure. The study was presented at the annual meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in New Orleans, May 1-5. For interviews during the meeting, contact the press room at (504) 670-8502 or 670-8508. Researchers’ Institutional Contact: B.J. Almond (713) 798-4712
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