Friday, June 19, 2015

If you live long enough, you are getting a cataract

A doctor once told me that in an interview. I have one sighted eye--it has a cataract--they say wait as long as you can to remove it. I had already thought of that.

But--two University of Delaware researchers, using a DNA array on a chip, have identified two genes that govern formation of these lens-clouding nuisances.

So far this is being studied in mice, but there is hope.  As published in Human Genetics, their findings may lead to interventions to prevent cataracts from forming.

According to what I read, the scientists actually said EUREKA when they found the non-expression of these genes led to a cloudy area.

This is the beginning of what could be a breakthrough on a troublesome problem--and grad students did it!

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