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Doctors Test Gene Therapy to Treat Blindness

By wiccania     May 1, 2007 in Health
Gene therapy treatment tested on young adults suffering from Leber's congenital amaurosis -- a genetically caused form of blindness.
After 15 years of laboratory experiments and animal testing, Doctors have finally used the technique on a group of young adults with Leber's congenital amaurosis. Leber's is a form of blindness caused by a single faulty gene, which prevents the retina from detecting light. To date, there is no effective treatment for this condition.
The treatment involves using a harmless virus to insert a replacement gene into the retina. It's been highly effective in lab and animal testing, including 'tests on dogs whose vision was restored to the extent they could navigate a maze with ease.'
It will, of course, take time before the successfulness of the procedure is known. But there haven't been any complications so far.
I graduated high school with a girl who suffered from this particular disorder. She's now married and a mother, and I can't help but think how nice it would be if this turns out to be a success and she can one day see her daughter's face with her eyes, instead of her hands.
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