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Sep 2015
NI scientists ‘closer’ to hereditary blindness cure
The scientists at the University of Ulster have discovered a treatment that can repair damage caused by cloudy deposits in the cornea - the outer clear part of the eye that allows light to pass through to the back of the eye.The condition, called corneal dystrophy, worsens with age and eventually leads to blindness.Using a novel DNA editing technology called CRISPR, Ulster University’s experts have designed a method of targeting the specific DNA or gene in the eye that is responsible for the cloudy deposits.The highly advanced treatment has been developed by treating mice with the same eye disease and the team is now progressing towards human trials.The scientists believe It is a truly ground-breaking advance for the global vision science sector, and more importantly that it provides hope for patients around the world.
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