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First Gene for Severe Dry Macular Degeneration

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Science  29 Aug 2008:
Vol. 321, Issue 5893, pp. 1146-1147
DOI: 10.1126/science.321.5893.1146b

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This week, researchers report the first genetic variant linked to slightly higher risk for severe "dry" age-related macular degeneration, one of the two advanced forms of the disease that robs tens of millions of elderly people of their vision.