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Gene Found For Eye Disease.

August 5, 2003.
United Press International


Scientists at the University of Michigan hope they have found a genetic pathway to lead them to a cure for macular degeneration that affects many elderly.

Kellogg Eye Center researchers focused on a family whose members have an eye disease that looks like macular degeneration but is inherited, not age-related. There they believe they have found the gene that causes the malady and hope it will lead them to a cure for the age-related disease.

The information was published in the August issue of Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science.

Kellogg scientist Radha Ayyagari and her collaborators from the University of Michigan and other institutions identified the gene associated with this unusual macular disease.

Macular degeneration is a disease affecting the macula, the area of the retina responsible for central vision that enables us to drive, read and identify faces. It affects about 1.65 million people in this country each year. The first symptoms tend to appear at age 60 or older.

Copyright 2003 by United Press International.

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