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Research to Prevent Blindness

Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy Reversed

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Dr. Kang Zhang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor and an RPB Lew R. Wasserman Merit Awardee at the University of Utah, John A. Moran Eye Center uses a state-of-the-art genetic analyzer to accelerate the discovery of genes involved in blinding eye diseases.

Two leading causes of blindness can be reversed or even prevented by drugs that activate a protein found in blood vessel cells. The discovery is an example of basic science research yielding a discovery with direct clinical applications.

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