British researchers give sight to blind mice

20 April 2012

A breakthrough study carried out in the UK could be the basis of allowing blind people to see again.

Scientists at the University College London have managed to inject healthy cells into the damaged eyes of mice.

The experiment involved healthy rods - which are essential for seeing in dim light - being taken from young mice and deposited into rodents with damaged eyesight.

Following the procedure, vision was able to be restored in the blind mice by up to half the normal levels.

Researchers are hopeful that the successful trial could change the way that age-related macular degeneration is treated in humans in the future, though the study is still in its early stages.

Lead researcher, Professor Robin Ali, pointed out: "Patients who have lost all vision tell me that what they'd really appreciate is a treatment that gives them the ability to see light, to be able to navigate to see the door."

According to statistics provided by Action for Blind People, there are around 360,000 Brits who are registered blind or are partially sighted today.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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