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Blindness cause clue discovered

By T.K. Randall
February 8, 2011 · Comment icon 5 comments

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A team of scientists have discovered the enzyme which causes age related macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a form of age related blindness which affects many people as they get older. It occurs when the macula of the eye, which is responsible for the fine details in the centre of our vision, becomes diseased. International researchers have discovered an enzyme linked to the occurrence and progress of this disease which they hope will lead to a cure.
The researchers noticed the enzyme DICER1 was less active in the retina of people with the more common "dry form" of the illness and when they turned off the gene which makes the enzyme in mice, then the animal's retina cells were damaged.

Source: BBC News | Comments (5)

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by voidla 12 years ago
Sweeeet. Damaging mice eyesight in the name of medical science. Nothing more human about that.
Comment icon #2 Posted by StarChild 83 12 years ago
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Perdition 12 years ago
Sweeeet. 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.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Evilution13 12 years ago
They should erect a huge statue to honor the sacrifices of the rat and the mouse.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Paracelse 12 years ago
Great news for me .. when I'm old I will be able to find my walker instead of stumbling on it .. sorry for the mice that will be suffering for me

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