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Blind mice see again

Bacterial gene restores sight in experiments

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2:34pm, June 24, 2010

Researchers have restored sight to blind laboratory mice by using gene therapy. The new treatment, published online June 24 in Science, may one day allow some people with retinitis pigmentosa, an incurable genetic eye disease, to read, drive and navigate a room.

“It’s an excellent study,” says developmental neuroscientist Connie Cepko of the Harvard Medical School, who was not involved with the research. “This is conceptually a nice way to try to restore or prolong vision.”

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