Navigation Links
Monkeys offer genetic clues to adult blindness

A genetic link between rhesus monkeys with macular degeneration and humans// could help treat blindness in older adults, reports science portal www.eurekalerts.org.

Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in older adults, yet researchers are still in the dark about many factors that cause this incurable disease.

William W. Dawson, professor of ophthalmology and physiology in the University of Florida and other researchers, studied seven genetic sites in the monkeys that correspond to human chromosomes linked to macular disease.

One of the areas, the findings confirm, contains genes that predict age-related macular degeneration in humans and rhesus monkeys. This discovery, Dawson said, would help delve deeper into what causes the disease and could be the first step toward repairing the genetic defects linked to it.

Age-related macular degeneration develops when a small, light-detecting part of the retina called the macula breaks down. The disease causes nodule-like specks to build up in the eye, chipping away central vision over time.

But Dawson said most people don't even realise something is wrong until they detect changes in their vision. The disease can be controlled, but there is no known way to reverse the vision loss it causes.

Knowing more about the earliest predictors of macular degeneration could help doctors treat the disease before extensive vision loss occurs and may even prevent it in some people.

The early risks associated with macular degeneration have been difficult for researchers to study in humans and, as a result, doctors know little about this aspect of the disease, Dawson said.

Unlike most other animals, a rhesus monkey's eyes have the same complex structure as a human eye, making them a model study subject. They're so similar, he said, that he sometimes slipped images of rhesus monkey eyes into presentations for medical resid ents to see if anyone noticed the difference.

(IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Urban Monkeys Source Of Virus Infections
2. Monkeys Respond To HIV Treatment
3. Drug Company Admits Knowledge Of Side Effects In Monkeys
4. HIV Vaccine for Monkeys Increases Survival Rates
5. Effectiveness of Potential Bird flu Vaccine to be Tested on Monkeys
6. Pharmaceutical giant offers AIDS related antifungal drug free to 50 countries
7. Pharmaceutical giant offers AIDS related antifungal drug free to 50 countries
8. Magnesium sulfate offers no help in migraine treatment
9. Stem cells offer hope for muscular dystrophy
10. Arthiritis: Brightly-coloured fruit and vegetables offer protection
11. New Infertility test to be offered by Reliance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:9/21/2017)... FL (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... 38-Year-Old ... Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples, Florida is pleased to announce that Plastic Surgeon Kiranjeet ... Top 40 Under 40 is an annual award that was started in ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... Chicago, IL (PRWEB) , ... September 21, 2017 , ... ... set to run from September 11 to the end of November. , The Chicago, ... out to their community and teach them about the ease of taking their personal ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Promotional ... http://www.fdanews.com/products/54818-promotional-communication      , In the competitive world of drug and device marketing ... in compliance with FDA rules. , The FDA has issued two draft guidances ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... September 21, 2017 , ... Demonstrating a consistent and ... departments have been awarded five-year accreditation status through the Public Health Accreditation ... served by a PHAB-accredited health department now extend to more than 203 ...
(Date:9/21/2017)... ... 21, 2017 , ... In addition to sticking with the ... holistic approach and use natural alternatives for all house cleaning products, disinfectants, respiratory ... guaranteeing that, the new line of essential oils, are all 100% organic and ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/9/2017)... 2017 Dealmed Medical Supplies, New ... equipment, supplies, drugs, vaccines, and specialty medical products and ... agreement to acquire Vantage Medical Supplies, a major distributor ... Holtsville, New York . ... emerging medical practices, will operate under the Dealmed name ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... Sept. 7, 2017  For nearly two decades, New Life Agency has ... Reproduction Insurance industry. Today, New Life Agency announces a powerful three-way partnership ... ... ... http://pharmacarecard.com/ (PRNewsfoto/PharmaCareCard) ...
(Date:9/7/2017)... 7, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... announced that it will be participating in the Morgan ... the Grand Hyatt hotel in New York.  Zimmer Biomet ... a.m. Eastern Time. A live webcast of ... Relations website at http://investor.zimmerbiomet.com .   ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: