Scientists May Have Finally Discovered a Cure for Blindness Print E-mail
By Trace William Cowen -   
Tuesday, 22 September 2015 18:49

When Wayne State University researcher Dr. Zhou-Hua Pan placed a light-sensitive green algae protein into blind mice in 2006, he was amazed to find that it restored the subjects' vision almost immediately.

Fast forward to 2015, the year of many great things, and that protein is now the subject of a forthcoming set of human trials aimed at unveiling a potential cure for blindness in humans.


RetroSense Therapeutics, the company who leased the research from Dr. Zhou-Hua Pan and recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administrationto administer human trials, is expected to begin testing the protein on 15 patients by the end of the year. According to Singularity Hubchannelrhodopsin-2 is the same "magical switch" protein already famous for its ability to "turn a gentle mouse aggressive, shut down obsessive grooming behavior, and implant false memories in unsuspecting mice."



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