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Gene therapy used to stop eyesight loss
By T.K. Randall
November 1, 2011 · 1 comment
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Geneticists at Oxford University use gene therapy to halt a man's progressive blindness.
Geneticists at Oxford University are conducting an experiment on 12 patients who all suffer from Choroideraemia, a disorder that appears in mid-childhood and causes the individual to become progressively blinder until there is complete sight loss by their 40s. It could take two years for the results of the gene therapy to become apparant, but if it works then the treatment could cure the condition completely and restore the patients' sight on a permanent basis.
Researchers in Oxford have treated a man with an advanced gene therapy technique to prevent him from losing his sight. It is the first time that anyone has tried to correct a genetic defect in the light-sensing cells that line the back of the eye. The president of the Academy of Medical Sciences said the widespread use of gene therapy of this treatment will be soon be possible.
Source: BBC News
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