Posted by: Crystal | October 13, 2009

Researchers Identify Gene Responsible for Regulating Optic Nerve Regeneration

optic nerve

We like to keep ourselves updated on any exciting news in the eye health industry and I just read this article from Medical News Today which reports  findings by researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have identified a family of genes that may control the ability of the optic nerve to regenerate. The discovery of this gene family, as published in the October 9 issue of Science, is a big step forward for both visual science and neuroscience. The finding may one day lead to treatment advances for diseases such as glaucoma and optic nerve stroke (also called anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, or AION), as well as spinal cord injury and other neurodegenerative diseases of the brain and spinal cord.  Read full article

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