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Blindness cause clue discovered

Still Waters

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An international team of researchers have found a clue to one of the leading causes of blindness, which they hope could eventually lead to a cure.

Age-related macular degeneration affects 500,000 people in the UK and is incurable.

The study in the journal Nature found an enzyme known as DICER1 that stops functioning, resulting in the illness.

UK experts said it had the potential to be an important breakthrough.

The macula is a part of the eye which sits in the centre of the retina and is responsible for the fine detail at the centre of the field of vision.

As the disease progresses that central vision declines, making reading, driving and recognising people difficult.

It affects one in 50 people over 50 and one in five people over 85.

The exact cause is unknown, but risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure and having relatives with the condition.

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who cares about mice? my snake, that's about it. Hell if I could help by letting some scientist use my snakes food prior to him eating them, I'd be all for it to help blind people see.

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Damaging mice eyesight in the name of medical science.

Nothing more human about that.

My lab inflicts pain on rats and performs brain surgery on them to create new drugs that removes the feeling of pain. Rats are always used in medical research, unless you're ok with us testing on humans.

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Great news for me .. when I'm old I will be able to find my walker instead of stumbling on it .. :innocent: sorry for the mice that will be suffering for me

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