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Hope for patients: New steps taken to fight, understand glaucoma

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A new research has found new directions in understanding and fighting glaucoma. According to a study conducted by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, two distinctive handfuls of short molecules that regulate gene expression have been found in the eye fluid of patients with two distinct types of vision degenerating glaucoma.

These differentially expressed microRNAs point the way toward finding more genes associated with glaucoma, more clues about how these glaucoma types each go about damaging our optic nerve and potential new points of intervention, the scientists said. “If we know the pathways involved, maybe we can reverse this, find better targets and design better drugs,” said Dr. Yutao Liu, the corresponding author of the study.