NEW SCIENTIST: Gene therapy cures blindness by replacing vision cells in eyes

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Release date: 14/8/2015

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After treatment, the mice ran for cover when played a video of an approaching owl, just like mice with normal vision. “You could say they were trying to escape, but we don’t know for sure,” says Rob Lucas of the University of Manchester, UK, co-leader of the team that developed and tested the treatment. “What we can say is that they react to the owl in the same way as sighted mice, whereas the untreated mice didn’t do anything.”

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TitleGene therapy cures blindness by replacing vision cells in eyes Read more: https://www.newscientist.com/article/dn28047-gene-therapy-cures-blindness-by-replacing-vision-cells-in-eyes/#ixzz5vpqJ2POr
Media name/outletNew Scientist
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date14/08/15
DescriptionAfter treatment, the mice ran for cover when played a video of an approaching owl, just like mice with normal vision. “You could say they were trying to escape, but we don’t know for sure,” says Rob Lucas of the University of Manchester, UK, co-leader of the team that developed and tested the treatment. “What we can say is that they react to the owl in the same way as sighted mice, whereas the untreated mice didn’t do anything.”
URLhttps://institutions.newscientist.com/article/dn28047-gene-therapy-cures-blindness-by-replacing-vision-cells-in-eyes/
PersonsRobert Lucas