Sight for blind mice

Nanobot [Public domain] via Wikimedia Commons

Collaborators at two major research institutions in the US have shown that gene therapy can target cone cells and rescue electrical response and visual acuity in a mouse model of achromatopsia, a disorder causing hereditary blindness in roughly 1 of every 30,000 humans.

Lab Anim. (NY) 36, 8 (2007).
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[NOTE: after this piece was published, i received the following feedback from a reader.]

My daughter has Achromatopsia, which wasn’t diagnosed until she was ten. I am thrilled you are working to bring insight and understanding into this rare condition. So is she. We look forward to the day when children born with achromatopsia might receive more than red glasses to help.
Thanks again for all your hard work.

E.T.

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