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Zapping the brain with electrical pulses allows blind patients to ‘see’ letters

Scientists sent patterns of electricity coursing across people’s brains, coaxing their brains to see letters that weren’t there. The experiment ...
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Podcast: Fighting blindness with CRISPR. Ophthalmologist in groundbreaking study explains how gene editing could treat a once-incurable disease

Congenital eye disorders can rob children of their eyesight at a young age and severely diminish their quality of life ...
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‘The Invisible Man’ and science: You’d probably go blind while your DNA falls apart

True invisibility, the type wherein the body itself is actually rendered transparent (unlike the kind portrayed in the recent movie, ...
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Common form of inherited blindness shows ‘massive improvements’ with experimental gene therapy

This month, K.L. became one of the first patients to receive a new experimental gene therapy for children with a ...
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Targeting blindness with CRISPR: Doctors attempt first editing of genes inside a human body

For the first time, scientists have used the gene-editing technique CRISPR to try to edit a gene while the DNA ...
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Congenital blindness appears to offer protection against schizophrenia. Researchers trying to figure out why.

No person who was born blind has ever been diagnosed with schizophrenia. … This is especially surprising, since congenital blindness ...
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Vision implant skips the eyes and goes directly to the brain of blind people

[Bernardeta] Gómez was given a six-month window during which she could see a very low-resolution semblance of the world represented ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Why this attempt to cure an inherited form of blindness with CRISPR is so important

The time has come to see if the promises of CRISPR as a therapeutic tool hold true ...
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Golden Rice, Part 1: The story of a GMO crop that could benefit billions of children a year

For billions of people, the stakes could not be higher ...
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First human test for gene therapy targeting most common cause of blindness

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt ...
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Can we restore ‘sight’ with brain implants, electrical currents?

In a sense, our eyes are sophisticated cameras; the brain’s visual cortex runs the software that tells us what we’re seeing. … What about ...
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She’s blind, but sees movement. Woman’s condition may help us understand brain’s inner workings

Milena Canning can see steam rising from a coffee cup but not the cup. She can see her daughter’s ponytail ...
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Viewpoint: Misguided activism imperils potential of golden rice

Golden rice has the potential to solve a significant health problem in developing nations, where hundreds of thousands of children ...
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Pioneering gene therapy restores vision to people with rare retinal blindness

Spark Therapeutics is moving forward with its treatment for a type of inherited retinal dystrophy. In the wake of the ...
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What next for Editas? First gene-editing company to go public

Is the Cambridge-based company Editas truly ready for the big time or is it trying to capitalize on technological hype? ...