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MU researcher placing eye implants in cats to help humans see

...ian cats that are affected with hereditary retinal blinding disease. The cat's eye is a good model to use for this type of research because it is very similar to a human eye in size and construction, so surgeons can use the same techniques and equipment. Cats also share many of the same eye diseases with huma...

Transplanted photoreceptor precursor cells restore visual function in mice with retinal degeneration

...undamental research can contribute to treatment of blinding diseases," he says. "We now have proof of principl...ps toward retinal cell transplants for people with blinding eye disease," says Swaroop. ...

Intrinsic eye protein halts angiogenesis

...is what propels the growth of cancerous tumors and blinding conditions like macular degeneration. Because healthy corneas are avascular (free of blood vessels) they have long been the testing grounds for anti-angiogenesis drugs intended to treat conditions in other areas of the body. The Ambatis, brothers w...

Study shows how herpes infects cornea, evades immune cells

... for developing therapies against this potentially blinding disease and has implications for understanding other herpes virus infections," Shukla said. ...

Scientists discover why cornea is transparent and free of blood vessels, allowing vision

... also hold great promise for preventing and curing blinding eye disease and illnesses such as cancer, in which blood vessels grow abnormally and uncontrollably, since this phenomenon, present in the cornea normally, can be used therapeutically in other tissues. "This is a very significant discovery," says D...

UF scientists restore sight to chickens with blinding disease

...ion-restoring therapy for children who suffer from blinding retinal diseases." Like people, chickens possess color vision and function best in daylight. The predominant photoreceptor cell type in the chicken retina, the cone cell, is the same cell type that is essential for normal human vision. To develop ...

UCLA researchers identify key enzyme linked to childhood blindness

...hat RPE65, a gene missing in infants born with the blinding disease Leber congenital amaurosis, is also a key ... cycle. It has ramifications for several inherited blinding diseases caused by mutations in visual cycle genes." The newly identified isomerase enzyme plays a ...

Proposal would allow wild animals to roam North America

...eserts of the American Southwest -- developed such blinding speed, clocking in at around 60 miles an hour. Introducing free-ranging African cheetahs back to the Southwest, the scientists assert, could restore strong interactions with pronghorns and provide endangered cheetahs with new habitat. Other living s...

Scientists focus on 'dwarf eye'

...mos, Greek for "dwarf eye," is a rare, potentially blinding disorder caused by an alteration in a gene called MFRP that helps control eye growth and regulates the organ's shape and focus. The study is described in the July 5 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "The MFRP protein is o...

A protein in the eye may prevent immune response and protect eyes from disease

...ltimately help in the development of therapies for blinding eye diseases such as macular degeneration and autoimmune diseases that occur when the immune system goes awry," says Joan Stein-Sreilein, PhD, senior author of the study published in the May issue of the Journal of Experimental Medicine and senior sc...

Emory Eye Center Implants Its First Retinal Chips In Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa

... ongoing research and surgical procedures to fight blinding eye disease. Because Emory and the Atlanta VA Rehabilitation R&D Center met the FDA and Optobionics criteria that included surgical expertise, a strong research component and an established patient base of degenerative retinal diseases, we were a...

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