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News-in-brief / 05.17.16

Eyeing a new model for studying Duane retraction syndrome

By Broad Communications

Duane retraction syndrome (DRS) is a congenital eye-movement disorder that hinders outward gaze and causes retraction of the eye on attempted inward gaze. A new study from a team led by Elizabeth Engle of Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and the Broad Institute has identified and analyzed four mutations linked to the syndrome. The findings, published last week in the American Journal of Human Genetics, demonstrate that the disease can be successfully studied in mouse models, and offer new clues to how the disease develops.