Moving Closer to Curing Common Cause of Blindness
Scientists at The University of Manchester have successfully restored the sight of laboratory mice suffering from a common cause of blindness in people.
The research is in Current Biology. (full open access)
Research: “Restoration of Vision with Ectopic Expression of Human Rod Opsin” by Jasmina Cehajic-Kapetanovic, Cyril Eleftheriou, Annette E. Allen, Nina Milosavljevic, Abigail Pienaar, Robert Bedford, Katherine E. Davis, Paul N. Bishop, and Robert J. Lucas in Current Biology doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.07.029
Image: The treatment works by expressing a light sensitive human protein called rod opsin into the undamaged cells of the retina, so that it will turn them into special cells called photoreceptors which enable sight. Image adapted from the University of Manchester article.