U.S. scientists study gene therapy which might cure blindness within two years [ Abstract ]US scientists have successfully find a cure for blindness gene transfer, within two years, may be able to achieve clinical verification.
This study may allow patients with achromatopsia once again feel lost color.
According to media reports, more than 10 million Americans suffer from color blindness, but the study of Maureen and Jay Neitz, if successful, this number will decline sharply, and this moment will come soon.
In early 1999, researchers from the University of Washington decided to find a cure for blindness, cause of formation and took ten years to explore color blindness. They finally confirmed in 2009, they can help blind symptoms of gene therapy to cure the male monkeys, these monkeys are born cannot distinguish between red and green.
In this time, the Department of Ophthalmology experts and Avalanche biology Technology companies are exclusive cooperation, jointly developed an effective gene transfer mode, the need to pass the eye specific colors of the gene identification.
Researchers say they have developed such a technology, and is using a virus.The pre clinical trial has been completed, Neitzes believes that their treatment methods can be applied in the treatment of humans within two years. But Neitzes hopes that one day in the future, they only need to color blind patients in Department of Ophthalmology doctor for a simple "gene injection", can make their life more colorful.
Department of Ophthalmology doctors for the study of Neitzes is also very optimistic. Dr. Varma Rohit of the University of California Department of Ophthalmology study said: "this technology will be able to cure the patients with achromatopsia, or at least able to help those patients with achromatopsia. The study for the color blind patients first to feel the hope of cure."