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New genetic links for macular degeneration discovered

A recent study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh revealed 13 new genetic locations on a chromosome linked to macular degeneration. This revelation brings the total known genetic regions to 34. There are many unknown factors surrounding age-related macular degeneration. This discovery of additional genetic links will hopefully allow researchers to develop new therapies that are more effective than current treatments. Characterizing each of the genetic risk factors will be the next step in the research process. This will allow researchers to understand how the risk factors work together and shed more light on how macular degeneration develops and progresses.*

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