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Medical News & Perspectives
March 17, 2004

Scientists Take Aim at Angiogenesis to Treat Degenerative Eye Diseases

JAMA. 2004;291(11):1309-1310. doi:10.1001/jama.291.11.1309

Cambridge, Mass—Scientists seeking ways to treat degenerative eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration are taking a page from cancer researchers: they are targeting the growth of abnormal blood vessels, a common feature of these two different types of disorders. While angiogenesis research in ophthalmology is in its infancy, studies in oncology and other areas have revealed a number of angiogenic molecules that could have significance for treating these blinding eye disorders.