FYI: Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness?

*Gene therapy ‘could be used to treat blindness’
Pallab Ghosh By Pallab Ghosh Science correspondent, BBC News

Jonathan Wyatt likened his blindness to being at the edge of an abyss
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   Gene therapy ‘to protect sight’ Graphic showing gene therapy to prevent blindness
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Surgeons in Oxford have used a gene therapy technique to improve the vision of six patients who would otherwise have gone blind.

The operation involved inserting a gene into the eye, a treatment that revived light-detecting cells.

The doctors involved believe that the treatment could in time be used to treat common forms of blindness.

Prof Robert MacLaren, the surgeon who led the research, said he was “absolutely delighted” at the outcome.

Jonathan Wyatt likened his blindness to being at the edge of an abyss

“We really couldn’t have asked for a better result,” he said.

BBC News exclusively reported on the start of the trial two years ago. The first patient was Jonathan Wyatt, who was 63 at the time.

Mr Wyatt has a genetic condition known as choroideremia, which results in the light-detecting cells at the back of the eye gradually dying.  (Read Full Article)

(TYH Note:  Images in this article rearranged for this posting only)*

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