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A new model for Stargardt-like macular degeneration to bolster research and therapeutic development

New research has reported on the successful production of a large animal (porcine) model for Stargardt-like macular degeneration. The initiative will provide a crucial resource for researchers to explore novel avenues of treatment on a more representative mammalian model comprising a retinal architecture more similar to that found in humans. The work, conducted by teams from the Institute for Genomic Medicine & Shiley Eye Centre, University of California, San Diego and North Carolina State University, reported their results in the British Journal of Ophthalmology (doi:10.1136/bjophthalmol-2011-300417).