Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Major Breakthrough in Causes of Age-Related Blindness

A team of researchers, led by University of Kentucky ophthalmologist Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati, has discovered a molecular mechanism implicated in geographic atrophy, the major cause of untreatable blindness in the industrialized world,” according to MedicalNewsToday. He was aided by researchers in the the United Kingdom and Australia. Who reported that they “uncovered a probable cause of blindness in people older than 50,” with the discovery of enzyme DICER1. It stops working, reports MedicalNewsToday in another post. These discoveries are giving researchers hope that they will find an effective treatment for age-related blindness.

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