Genetics of Human Inherited Retinal Diseases (GHIRD)
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The goal of this project is to identify novel mutations and genes involved in human retinal disorders, a stated priority of the National Eye Institute. To accomplish this, additional genes whose mutations cause inherited retinal diseases (IRD) will be identified by combining targeted and whole exome sequencing. We have collected about 900 patient families around the world. In this proposal, we will identify the underlying mutations in these patients using a combination of targeted and whole exome sequencing, bioinformatics, statistics, and functional studies.