"A team of researchers, including a scientist from the
Viral Immunology Center at Georgia State University, have found that a
type of herpesvirus infection of the eye is associated with neovascular
age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that causes blindness
in the elderly," reports Science Daily. "The scientists found that human cytomegalovirus, a type of
herpesvirus, causes the production of vascular endothelial growth
factor, or VEGF, a signal protein that regulates the formation of new
blood vessels." Read more.