Gene therapy first for poor sight

Robert JohnsonA team at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital has made the world’s first attempt to treat a sight disorder using gene therapy.They operated on Robert Johnson, a UK man born with a sight disorder which deteriorates with age.  At present Mr Johnson, who had genes inserted into one eye, can see outlines during the day, but little at night.

It will be several months before the researchers know whether their work has been a success.  If it is, they believe that it could be used to treat a wide range of inherited sight disorders.

Source:  BBC News

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