Ophthalmologists held the first to preserve the operation of using the genes
Age-related loss of - a fairly common phenomenon among all segments of the population. Scientists hope that eventually, this process can be stopped, and has already taken a huge step towards achieving this goal. Ophthalmologists from the United Kingdom announced that they were able to successfully carry out an operation to stop the development of the most common causes of vision loss among older people. They used a rather unusual approach that involves delivering the gene specific to a particular group of cells using a secure virus.
The most common cause of vision loss in people over 50 years old is considered to be age related macular degeneration (of AMD). It affects millions of people around the world, preventing reading and even facial recognition. This occurs subsequently destroying retinal cells due to an aggressive immune response caused by activity of the protein.
Experimental therapy is the delivery of a particular gene in the cells of the retina, which blocks an immune response. That the gene has been delivered properly, the researchers used a safe virus, which is placed in the back of the eye during surgery. According to ophthalmologist Robert McLaren, this operation helps to effectively reduce inflammation and stop the degenerative process. The first operation was made 80-year-old resident of Oxford named Janet Osborne. According to her, she agreed to an experimental surgery in the hope that it will prove its effectiveness for the conservation of millions of others.
First of all, I was not thinking about myself and about others. As for me, I only hope that my vision will not become worse. It would be fantastic, and would mean that I will not be a nuisance to his family.
Janet Osborne, the patient
For gene therapy has become an official method of treatment, the researchers will conduct other experiments. They need to prove the safety of the operation and its effectiveness. To all this the researchers could take at least two years.
Recall that the new method of recovery in 2018 and offered to Russian researchers. Their idea was to also deliver specific proteins using the virus safe - only difference was that in the end the protein could produce the light-sensitive cells required for vision.
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