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   During researches by scientists from university of Ben Gurion among a Bedouin tribe in the south of Israel the gene which brings in short-sightedness was revealed.

   As it is already known, short-sightedness can lead to serious ophthalmologic diseases, such as a cataract, early development of glaucoma and a degeneration of a yellow spot.

   As it is known that short-sightedness — this hereditary disease.

   The Israeli scientists found out that about a third of representatives of a Bedouin tribe have ophthalmologic diseases, among which and short-sightedness.

   During research, scientists found out lack of active enzyme and some other abnormal changes that leads to formation of a defective gene and increase in an eye in short-sighted representatives of bedouins. All this in turn also leads to short-sightedness.

   The English-language magazine American Journal of Human Genetics published researches of the Israeli scientists where they declared that the short-sightedness reasons become now clear at molecular level. Whether further researches will help to define the mutation of this gene influences short-sightedness among the population as a whole.

   Scientists of Israel assume, as at other groups of the population short-sightedness also will be connected with this gene, on extreme to a measure, in mild cases of a disease.

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