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Genes from algae helped a blind man recover some of his vision


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A blind man who could only perceive the faintest bit of light can now perceive fuzzy shapes, thanks to gene therapy and a pair of specially engineered goggles.

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These genes would usually code for functional proteins in the retina, but instead fail to build those proteins, or make abnormal proteins that malfunction or produce substances that directly damage the retinal tissue. The condition affects roughly 1 in 4,000 people worldwide, according to the NEI, and can sometimes lead to complete blindness, as occurred in the 58-year-old patient in the new study, BBC News reported

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...so much more we can learn from nature, including about 'eye sight'.

 

...Not directly related to algae proteins, but this ocean critter has the most sophisticated vision (we know of so far) on the planet - needed for his incredible 'punch'...would be interesting to see this 'technology' reproduced by man...

  

 

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