Eye injection gives a blind mouse the ability to see | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News

Eye injection gives a blind mouse the ability to see | Technology News Blog – Yahoo! News.

Nader Nazemi-Blind Mice-Sight Restored-Nader Nazemi

Blind Mice have their Sight Restored

This could really help those suffering from sight problems and blindness. Great achievement for science.

Losing the use of your eyes via retinitis pigmentosa or macular degeneration — diseases that effect your ability to sense light — can be absolutely traumatizing. But thanks to new research on lab mice, these types of blindness may soon be reversible through a series of injections.

In the study, a group of blind lab mice were given injections of a chemical called acrylamide-azobenzene-quaternary ammonium, or AAQ for short. Previously known to be active on nerve cells, AAQ, when injected directly into a mouse’s eye, allowed the animal to once again sense light. Though it’s difficult for researchers to measure exactly how much of the mouse’s sight was restored by the injection, lab testing has so far shown the mice regaining near-normal function.
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