The discovered seven loci will be of big help in providing therapies. A spokesperson of a leading vision care unit in Southern India known as Sankara Netralaya told mediapersons: “We have found an association of the loci with AMD. This will help us in future studies for developing therapies that are directed at particular set of genes so the vision is retained for a longer period of time.”
The spokesperson added, “Providing genetic treatment is still far away, but we have identified the loci which code for specific proteins. And these proteins may be responsible in some ways for maintaining vision. Even though we are not able to replace or repair the faulty genes, we can always supplement or replace the protein which is not being produced.”
In other words, the fact is the biochemical factors that get altered as a result of the faulty genes can always be supplemented.
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