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Gene Therapy May Improve Some Forms Of Blindness
2011-10-28 09:45:12

A UK man is being treated for the progressive genetic disorder, choroideraemia, in an attempt to reverse his blindness. Jonathan Wyatt was able to see normally until about the age of 19 when he began having problems seeing in the dark. He was told by doctors that his vision would get progressively worse until eventually going blind, reports BBC News. Poor eyesight didn´t stop Wyatt, now 63 years old, from a career as a barrister but 10 years ago he found himself having difficulty...

2011-10-03 15:24:35

In a paper published in the October 2011 issue of Experimental Biology and Medicine, a team of researchers at Columbia University Medical Center led by Stephen Tsang, MD, Ph.D have achieved temporary functional preservation of photoreceptors in a mouse model for retinitis pigmentosa (RP) using novel bipartite gene therapy. RP is a heterogeneous disorder characterized by progressive degeneration of rod photoreceptors (which mediate night vision) causing night blindness and eventually total...

2011-09-12 05:16:55

(Ivanhoe Newswire) --According to Junior Blind of America), an estimated 47,000 people become blind each year; that means one person goes blind every 11 minutes. There are many aspects that can contribute to blindness and researchers have discovered genetic defects that could cause you to go blind. Using next generation DNA sequencing, researchers from the University of Leeds have discovered what causes rare forms of inherited eye disorders, such as cataracts and glaucoma, in children. The...

2011-06-22 14:32:21

RUB Medicine: new protein identified Initially the occurrence of progressive retinal degeneration - progressive retinal atrophy, in man called retinitis pigmentosa - had been identified in Schapendoes dogs. Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common hereditary disease which causes blindness in humans. The researchers report on their findings, in Human Molecular Genetics. Genetic test developed Based on the new findings, the researchers from Bochum have developed a genetic test for diagnosis in...

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2011-06-17 12:40:00

The first two patients with common but incurable diseases of the eye that can lead to blindness have been enrolled early in a two phase groundbreaking clinical trial of therapy that researchers are hoping will heal the damage caused by the conditions. Advanced Cell Technology Inc. (ACT) announced Thursday the enrollment of the patients in the trials for Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD) and Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration (Dry AMD). The patients were enrolled at the Jules Stein Eye...

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2011-06-16 07:59:06

Researchers have used cutting-edge stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in a rare blinding disorder, another step on a promising path that may one day lead to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases such as macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa which affect millions of individuals. In a study appearing in an advance online publication of the journal Stem Cells on June 15, 2011, investigators used recently developed technology to generate...

2011-06-16 00:00:30

The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit that drives eyesight-saving research, will honor Ophthalmologist and Virginia Eye Institute Founder Anthony D. Sakowski, Jr., M.D., F.A.C.S., at the Richmond Dining in the Dark event. The unique luncheon will take place at noon on June 16 at the Richmond Marriott. Richmond, VA (PRWEB) June 15, 2011 The Foundation Fighting Blindness, a national nonprofit that drives eyesight-saving research, will honor Ophthalmologist and Virginia Eye...

2011-05-16 19:20:20

Scientists from Schepens Eye Research Institute are the first to regenerate large areas of damaged retinas and improve visual function using IPS cells (induced pluripotent stem cells) derived from skin. The results of their study, which is published in PLoS ONE this month, hold great promise for future treatments and cures for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases that affect millions worldwide. "We are very...


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