A STEP TOWARD A POTENTIAL THERAPY FOR ACQUIRED BLINDNESS

Hereditary blindness caused by a progressive degeneration of the light-sensing cells in the eye, the photoreceptors, affects millions of people worldwide. Although the light-sensing cells are lost, cells in deeper layers of the retina, which normally cannot sense light, remain intact. A promising new therapeutic approach based on a technology termed “optogenetics” is to introduce […]

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SEEING THE LIGHT: GENE THERAPY SLOWS VISION LOSS IN MOUSE MODELS OF RETINAL DEGENERATION

Researchers have developed an antioxidant gene therapy that slows cone-cell death and prolongs vision in mouse models of retinal degeneration. Led by Harvard Medical School geneticist Connie Cepko and postdoctoral researcher Wenjun Xiong, the research team hopes the work will one day lead to new treatment options for people with inherited progressive blindness, such as […]

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