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A new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science exposed a new gene responsible for erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP).
Erythropoietic protoporphyria is a photosensitive blood disorder. Previously, the disorder was believed to be caused by two specific genes, but using an extended pedigree from France, researchers found that changes in another gene are responsible for the EPP.