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Teaching Humans to Echolocate
Diana Kwon | Sep 30, 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 4, 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 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
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.