Next Generation Mendelian Genetics: Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Type VIII
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The NHGRI Next Generation Mendelian Genetics project uses exome resequencing to identify variants in unsolved Mendelian diseases.
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Type VIII is a dominantly inherited connective tissue disorder that is distinguished from other forms of EDS by significant early-onset periodontal disease. Although the clinical phenotype is well delineated, the underlying molecular basis remains unknown. By studying a large family of affected and unaffected individuals with the EDS VIII by exome sequencing, we hope to identify unique regions of homology to assist in identifying the causative gene.