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The problem of inherited cataracts became a concern of responsible Cocker Spaniel breeders in the mid-1970's. Over the intervening years, the age of onset may have increased, but the genetic problem has not been eliminated. Now, thirty-five plus years after the initial eye clinics, hope is in the air. We all owe an expression of gratitude to Debi Lampert-Rudman for her passion to find a genetic marker. Below is the story of the 2nd step along that road.