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Blindness risk is in your genes

Blindness risk is in your genes

作者:诸缎  时间:2019-03-02 07:15:02  人气:

PEOPLE with a particular variant of an immune-system gene have a much higher risk of suffering from age-related macular degeneration, the main cause of blindness in the elderly. The mutant gene might be responsible for up to half of the many millions of cases worldwide. Three teams published studies online last week linking AMD with a single change in the gene for complement factor H, a protein involved in immune responses (DOI: 10.1126/science.1109557). People with one copy of the mutant gene are three times as likely to develop AMD,