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Genetic Clue Found To The Leading Cause Of Blindness In The United States

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August 18, 1998
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Millions of Americans suffer from a gradual fading-out of central vision known as age-related macular degeneration. Roughly 7 percent of Americans older than 75 have progressed to the late stage of the disease. The loss of vision comes from deterioration of a particularly sensitive area of the retina called the macula. The team of scientists has zeroed in on the location of a gene that causes an inherited form of the disease.

Retired schoolteacher Ruth Oster lives with a small spot that blocks off part of the central vision in her left eye.


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