New research on monkeys may have positive implications for treating color blindness in humans.
Press Release Service – Wired PR News – A therapy used to cure color blindness in monkeys may one day prove to be beneficial for curing vision disorders in humans. As reported by LiveScience.com, two color blind primates, who were administered injections of human genes into their eyes, were tested five months later and found to have the ability to see the color red.
Jay Neitz, study researcher and ophthalmology professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, is quoted in the report as stating of the findings, “People who are color-blind feel that they are missing out… If we could find a way to do this with complete safety in human eyes, as we did with monkeys, I think there would be a lot of people who would want it.”
More information about the study may be found in the September 17 publication of the Nature journal.
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