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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.
Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy
Kerry Grens | Oct 6, 2015
The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.
Redirecting Gene Therapy Restores Sight
Amanda B. Keener | Aug 17, 2015
By targeting rhodopsin genes to neurons, scientists help blind mice see.
Restored Sight Fades After Gene Therapy
Jef Akst | May 5, 2015
Participants of two gene-therapy trials who experienced partial restoration of sight following treatment are now losing their vision once again.
Jef Akst | Apr 2, 2015
“Blind” rats fitted with a neuroprosthetic device that stimulates the brain when the animals turn their heads to the north or south can navigate mazes as well as sighted rats.
Retinal Film Detects Light
Jef Akst | Nov 13, 2014
A new light-sensitive nanotube-based film could pave the way to more flexible and durable retinal implants.