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Posts Tagged ‘gene therapy’

Gene Therapy for Blindness

Recently a biotech firm in Philadelphia developed the first Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved gene therapy for blindness. The company, Spark Therapeutics, developed the therapy known as LUXTURNA™, which improves eyesight in persons with confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy, also known as Leber Congenital Amaurosis (LCA). Patients with this genetic mutation have severe […]

Will Gene Therapy Replace Medical Devices?

    What is the best solution for those with genetic disorders that lead to blindness? As an engineer, I tend to think that the answer should lie in some sort of novel device which solves the problem. For example, if the retina is destroyed, why not ‘plug’ an array of light detecting electrodes in […]