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Offline klarky

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Gene therapy 'aids youth's sight'
« on: April 28, 2008, 05:27:11 AM »
Interesting article from the BBC.

Looks as though gene therapy maybe, at last, coming of age.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7369740.stm

from the link above:

"A 18-year-old whose sight was failing has had his vision improved in a pioneering operation carried out by doctors at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

The London researchers used gene therapy to regenerate the dying cells in Steven Howarth's right eye."

His condition was due to a faulty gene that meant that the light-detecting cells at the back of his eye were damaged and slowly degenerating further.

But, in a delicate operation, surgeons at Moorfields injected working copies of the gene into the back of Steven's eye.


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