Gene therapy and CRISPR strategies for curing blindness (Yes, you read that right) – The Conversation US

Researchers are now testing treatments for several kinds of visual impairment. BRIAN MITCHELL / Getty Images

 
In recent months, even as our attention has been focused on the coronavirus outbreak, there have been a slew of scientific breakthroughs in treating diseases that cause blindness.

Researchers at U.S.-based Editas Medicine and Ireland-based Allergan have administered CRISPR for the first time to a person with a genetic disease. This landmark treatment uses the CRISPR approach to a specific mutation in a gene linked to childhood blindness. The mutation affects the functioning of the light-sensing compartment of the eye, called the retina, and leads to loss of the light-sensing cells.

Click here to read full article https://theconversation.com/gene-therapy-and-crispr-strategies-for-curing-blindness-yes-you-read-that-right-133220

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