31 Mar '14, 1pm

Great Britain may have made a breakthrough in Gene Therapy for #Glaucoma

The Department of Veterans Affairs says it currently has more than 150,000 patients who are legally blind because of age-related illnesses, and the number will grow considerably in coming years as Korean and Vietnam war vets continue to hit their 70s and beyond. But some breakthrough research out of Great Britain could change all that. At Oxford Eye Hospital the vision of six male patients with a degenerative eye disease was improved after doctors inserted a healthy copy of a defective gene into an engineered virus that entered the retina and actually replaced the sick gene. Dr. Robert MacLaren of the University of Oxford and a consultant surgeon at the eye hospital said some vision was restored even for two men whose condition was advanced. “In truth, we did not expect to see such dramatic improvements in visual acuity and so we contacted both patients’ home opticians to ...

Full article: http://defensetech.org/2014/03/31/uk-makes-gene-therapy-b...

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