Gene Linked To Risk Of Dry Macular Degeneration

August 29, 2008

For the first time ever, scientists have managed to link a gene to the development of dry macular degeneration, a vision disorder..Boston (ChattahBox) – For the first time ever, scientists have managed to link a gene to the development of dry macular degeneration, a vision disorder.

Age-related macular degeneration threatens millions of Americans each and ever year.

There are two types of the disorder, and for the first time researchers have linked a gene to one form of it.

They have managed to link an immune system protein known as TLR3 to the disease, as they have found that it can lead to an increased risk of developing it.

TLR3 is usually though to be something which can protect the body from viruses, but in this case it does not work that way.

Within the protein though, they have also found that they could possibly control what triggers the disease, and prevent the development of it.

This is leading to an improved understanding of dry macular degeneration.

The study will be published on August 28th in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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