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New Gene Found for Inherited Macular Degeneration

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Science  03 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5373, pp. 31
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5373.31

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In the July issue of Nature Genetics, researchers report that they have tracked down the gene that, when mutated, causes Best's macular dystrophy. This condition destroys the part of the retina responsible for the sharpest vision. The function of the gene is currently unknown, but its discovery could help researchers trace the roots of age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of vision loss in old age.