Gene Therapy Research Shows Promise for Color Blindness

The Oregonian (4/22, Von Lunen) reported that University of Pennsylvania scientists “have successfully used gene therapy to treat” achromatopsia (total color blindness), a condition that affects both dogs and people. “The gene therapy targets mutations of a gene known as CNGB3, the most common cause of achromatopsia in humans.” Working with dogs, the researchers found that the gene therapy in younger animals “was effective for the 33 months of the study, which led” the study authors to believe that the cure it produced “is permanent. The success rate for dogs 54 weeks or older was lower than that for younger dogs,” however, but nonetheless promising.

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