A family of genes long known to be integral to the immune system also plays a role in vision, perhaps preventing certain blinding diseases.
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Scientists have discovered a gene called NPHP5 and found mutations in this gene that cause a rare genetic disease called Senior Loken syndrome. Children with this syndrome develop a type of cystic kidney disease called nephronophthisis, as well as a form of blindness called retinitis pigmentosa.