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International Study Reveals New Genetic Clues to Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine’s John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics and Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are part of a consortium that has significantly expanded the number of genetic factors known to play a role in age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Supported by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, the findings may help improve our understanding of the biological processes that lead to AMD and identify new therapeutic targets for potential drug development.

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Researchers Identify Seven New Genes Associated with Macular Degeneration

Researchers from the Miller School of Medicine collaborated with an international team to identify seven new genes associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common form of vision loss in older people. Published online March 3 in Nature Genetics, their study, “Seven New Loci Associated with Age-Related Macular Degeneration,” provides new directions for biological, genetic and therapeutic studies of macular degeneration.

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