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Sight recovery in retinitis pigmentosa?

Researchers from the Institut de la Vision have contributed to a study with scientists from the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI), Basel, Switzerland, to restore vision in retinitis pigmentosa.

This novel strategy relies on introducing a photosensitive archaebacterial protein (halorhodopsin) into the remaining but non-functional cone photoreceptors. The concept was first demonstrated on a blind mouse and subsequently confirmed in light-insensitive human retinas in vitro. The types of patients who could benefit from this therapy have also been determined.

These findings could lead in the future to the development of a new therapeutic approach for retinitis pigmentosa that is, at present, an incurable condition.

These breaking results were published in the journal Science (source).

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Created Tuesday, 29 June 2010 Last modified Tuesday, 29 June 2010

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