Julius Schachter, Renowned Chlamydia Researcher, Dies at 84
Julius Schachter, Renowned Chlamydia Researcher, Dies at 84
The UCSF microbiologist pioneered investigations into the deadly disease starting in the late 1960s that have led to the near eradication of trachoma, a chlamydia-related eye infection.
Julius Schachter, Renowned Chlamydia Researcher, Dies at 84
Julius Schachter, Renowned Chlamydia Researcher, Dies at 84

The UCSF microbiologist pioneered investigations into the deadly disease starting in the late 1960s that have led to the near eradication of trachoma, a chlamydia-related eye infection.

The UCSF microbiologist pioneered investigations into the deadly disease starting in the late 1960s that have led to the near eradication of trachoma, a chlamydia-related eye infection.

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Gene Therapy in One Eye Improves Vision in Both Eyes
Gene Therapy in One Eye Improves Vision in Both Eyes
Abby Olena | Dec 11, 2020
It’s not clear why the patients with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, a mitochondrial disorder that causes blindness, also experienced the modest benefits in their untreated eye.
First Patient Receives In Vivo CRISPR Editing
First Patient Receives In Vivo CRISPR Editing
Jef Akst | Mar 4, 2020
Doctors in Oregon delivered the gene editing machinery behind the retina in hopes of treating an inherited form of blindness, according to the companies that developed the therapy.
Those We Lost in 2019
Those We Lost in 2019
Ashley Yeager | Dec 30, 2019
The scientific community said goodbye to Sydney Brenner, Paul Greengard, Patricia Bath, and a number of other leading researchers this year.
Google Bans Ads for Experimental Medical Treatments
Google Bans Ads for Experimental Medical Treatments
Ashley Yeager | Sep 9, 2019
The new policy will increase scrutiny and pressure on stem cell clinics, according to industry experts.
Researchers Launch First Study of In Vivo CRISPR Therapy in Humans
Researchers Launch First Study of In Vivo CRISPR Therapy in Humans
Catherine Offord | Jul 26, 2019
A trial is recruiting patients to test the gene-editing technology’s ability to treat an inherited form of blindness caused by a mutation in the CEP290 gene.
Patricia Bath, Inventor of Laser-Based Cataract Treatment, Dies
Patricia Bath, Inventor of Laser-Based Cataract Treatment, Dies
Shawna Williams | Jun 6, 2019
The UCLA ophthalmologist worked to combat blindness in underserved communities.
Donor-Derived iPS Cells Show Promise for Treating Eye Disease
Donor-Derived iPS Cells Show Promise for Treating Eye Disease
Jef Akst | Apr 30, 2019
Age-related macular degeneration patients who received injections of retinal cells derived from donors’ induced pluripotent stem cells have maintained their level of eyesight for a year.
Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Image of the Day: Retinal Transplant
Kerry Grens | Nov 7, 2018
Blind rats are made to see after sheets of cells implanted into their eyes make themselves at home.
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Colorblindness Study Reveals Unexpected Way to Make Blood Vessels
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018
Researchers stumbled across the connection while searching for ways to reduce vision problems in people with achromatopsia.
Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation
Blind Cavefish in Mexico Offer Clues to Sleep Regulation
Catherine Offord | Feb 6, 2018
Two studies identify a signaling pathway that contributes to the fish’s sleeplessness.
Advisors to FDA Recommend Approval of Gene Therapy for Blindness
Advisors to FDA Recommend Approval of Gene Therapy for Blindness
Jef Akst | Oct 12, 2017
Spark Therapeutics’s Luxturna would be the first approved therapy in the U.S. that replaces or repairs a defective gene inherited from one’s parents.
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Oct 1, 2017
By investigating the science behind “seeing” with sound, researchers hope to help blind individuals independently navigate the world.
What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors
What the Sun Does to Photoreceptors
Catherine Offord | Aug 16, 2017
Optometrist and eclipse-chaser Ralph Chou describes how even a partially eclipsed sun can damage the eye.
Upgraded Photoswitch for Vision Repair
Upgraded Photoswitch for Vision Repair
Jef Akst | Apr 13, 2017
Researchers improve on a technique to use a light-stimulated small molecule to confer longer-term photosensitivity to the retinal cells of blind mice.
CRISPR-Based Therapy Prevents Retinal Degeneration
CRISPR-Based Therapy Prevents Retinal Degeneration
Anna Azvolinsky | Mar 14, 2017
An experimental treatment sacrifices rod cell function to save cone cells in mice, preventing retinal degeneration, researchers report. 
USC Professor Fatally Stabbed
USC Professor Fatally Stabbed
Jef Akst | Dec 4, 2016
Psychologist Bosco Tjan of the University of Southern California studied how people adapt as they lose their vision.
 
Blind Mice Regain Vision
Blind Mice Regain Vision
Tanya Lewis | Jul 11, 2016
A combination of visual stimulation and chemical growth promotion leads damaged retinal nerves to regenerate in mice.
CRISPR Corrects Retinal Disease Mutation
CRISPR Corrects Retinal Disease Mutation
Catherine Offord | Jan 27, 2016
Patient-derived stem cells containing a genetic mutation leading to blindness can be successfully edited using CRISPR/Cas9, researchers show.
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2015
The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.