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With Single Gene Insertion, Blind Mice Regain Sight

March 15, 2019

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, find that restoring opsins with gene therapy can make 'blind' cells light-sensitive; potential human treatment within three years.

Therapy Could Improve, Prolong Sight in Those Suffering Vision Loss

March 13, 2019

A new therapy developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, could help prolong useful vision and delay total blindness for people with retinitis pigmentosa.

Molecular Classification and Comparative Taxonomies of Foveal and Peripheral Cells in Primate Retina

February 21, 2019

A team of researchers led by Harvard's Joshua Sanes applied high-throughput genetic sequencing methods to create the first cellular atlas of the primate retina.

Electrical Activity Early in Fruit Flies' Brain Development Could Shed Light on How Neurons Wire the Brain

February 12, 2019

Neurons somehow know which of their neighbors to connect with and which to avoid in the crowded environment of the central nervous system. But how?

New target could help protect vision following optic nerve trauma

February 11, 2019

Scientists from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University have discovered that removing a pro-inflammatory enzyme promotes regeneration after an injury to the optic nerve.

Faulty molecular master switch may contribute to AMD

January 22, 2019

A signaling pathway controlled by transforming growth factor β (TGF-β) could be involved in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

NIH researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of retinal degeneration

January 16, 2019

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)...

Brain plasticity restored in adult mice through targeting specific nerve cell connections

January 8, 2019

Neuroscientists have discovered a new molecular mechanism that is essential for maturation of brain function and may be used to restore plasticity in aged brains.

Thriving on teamwork: new research shows how brain cells filter information in groups

December 31, 2018

Salk discovery could help to better understand how neurons work together in networks to shape our perceptions of the world.

300 Blind Mice Uncover Genetic Causes of Eye Disease

December 21, 2018

Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains. Many of these genes are likely important in human eye vision and the results could help identify new causes of hereditary blindness.