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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
Catherine Offord | Feb 7, 2018
Two studies identify a signaling pathway that contributes to the fish’s sleeplessness.
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
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
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
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
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
Jef Akst | Dec 5, 2016
Psychologist Bosco Tjan of the University of Southern California studied how people adapt as they lose their 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
Catherine Offord | Jan 28, 2016
Patient-derived stem cells containing a genetic mutation leading to blindness can be successfully edited using CRISPR/Cas9, researchers show.