Gene Therapy May Enable Blind To See

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Photo: University of Florida, College of Medicine

Scientists believe the brain of a blind woman rewired itself and enabled her to see after partial vision was restored to sections of her retina through gene therapy.

The finding surprised scientists at the University of Florida College of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania who two years ago began testing the safety of gene therapy in three patients born with Leber congenital amaurosis type 2, a rare blindness condition. The findings are contained in a study to be published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine Read More..….

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