CRISPR – clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats – is a method of genome editing that allows scientists to change an organism's DNA. The possibilities of this technology seem without limit. A new study is about to begin that plans to use CRISPR to treat an inherited eye disorder that causes blindness—Leber congenital amaurosis. The research will involve 18 patients, both children (ages 3 and up) and adults.
The condition is one of the most common causes of childhood blindness, according to the National Institutes of Health. It affects about 2 to 3 newborns out of every 100,000.
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“CRISPR Gene Editing Will Be Used Inside Humans For the First Time in Treatment for Blindness”