Gene May Link to Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

Two new studies provide more evidence of a genetic link between an eye disease that affects millions of older people and the regulation of so-called “good” cholesterol in the body.

The researchers don’t fully understand the connection, nor are they near finding better treatments for the eye disease, known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Still, they say the results could lead to future advances.

Scientists had been exploring the cholesterol-eye disease link for some time, noted Anand Swaroop, an investigator with the National Eye Institute and lead author of one of the reports. “But somehow, their studies did not get much attention. Hopefully now the genetic evidence is so strong that people will explore those possibilities in much more detail,” Swaroop said.

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