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Novel mutation in PAX3 gene in Waardenburg syndrome accompanied by unilateral macular degeneration.

1Department of Ophthalmology, Fukuoka University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, Japan.
Eye (London, England) (Impact Factor: 1.9). 09/2008; 23(7):1619-21. DOI: 10.1038/eye.2008.256
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