Cell's 'Power Plant' Genes Raise Vision Disorder Risk

Thursday, May 8, 2008 - 09:35 in Biology & Nature

Genetic variation in the DNA of mitochondria -- the "power plants" of cells -- contributes to a person's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, investigators report. The study is the first to examine the mitochondrial genome for changes associated with AMD, the leading cause of blindness in Caucasians over age 50.

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