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Gene Therapy Gives Blind LCA Patients Sight Back.

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posted on Feb, 8 2012 @ 02:35 PM

The three have Leber's Congenital Amaurosis (LCA), a rare inherited disease caused by defects in a gene encoding a protein needed for vision.

Even though she can't see well enough to read or drive a car, she can now make-out her children's faces, watch them play baseball and see the light change over Lake Erie, where she lives.

She said: "Life is so much easier at a level that most people take for granted. Any amount of vision that you can get when you have almost nothing is incredibly valuable."

Interesting stuff.

We have come a long way. It's odd to think that we can work to reverse genetic defects, but that is exactly what they are doing.

Granted, it is only one form of LCA (LCA2), but it is still progress...

Just think, in 50 years, we might be able to reverse all forms of inherited blindness...

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