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Small molecule nonsense suppression strategy for aniridia-associated defects

Small molecule nonsense suppression strategy for aniridia-associated defects

Congenital aniridia is a progressive disease that is associated with improper development of eye structures as well as abnormalities in the brain and pancreas. A variety of nonsense mutations in the PAX6 gene are linked with aniridia; however, despite understanding the genetic basis of the disease, few treatment and prevention strategies are available. [More]
Scientists develop new potential cure for rare eye disease

Scientists develop new potential cure for rare eye disease

University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientists have developed a potential cure for a rare eye disease, showing for the first time that a drug can repair a birth defect. [More]
Rigid gas-permeable lenses correct vision after ocular trauma

Rigid gas-permeable lenses correct vision after ocular trauma

Fitting a rigid gas-permeable contact lens into the eyes of patients treated surgically for ocular trauma can improve their visual acuity and are well tolerated, report researchers from China. [More]
UBC researchers lead development of new 'toolbox of MiniPromoters' for gene research and therapy

UBC researchers lead development of new 'toolbox of MiniPromoters' for gene research and therapy

University of British Columbia researchers have led the development of a new "toolbox of MiniPromoters" for research and future therapies on brain, spinal cord and eye function. [More]
Simple stem cell technique restores sight to damaged eyes

Simple stem cell technique restores sight to damaged eyes

In a world-first breakthrough by Australian scientists, the eyesight in a damaged eye has been restored by using stem cells from the eye itself [More]
Stem cell breakthrough restores sight to sufferers of corneal disease

Stem cell breakthrough restores sight to sufferers of corneal disease

In a world-first breakthrough, University of New South Wales (UNSW) medical researchers have used stem cells cultured on a simple contact lens to restore sight to sufferers of blinding corneal disease. [More]
Low levels of 'brain derived neurotrophic factor' may lead to obesity

Low levels of 'brain derived neurotrophic factor' may lead to obesity

A brain chemical that plays a role in long term memory also appears to be involved in regulating how much people eat and their likelihood of becoming obese, according to a National Institutes of Health study of a rare genetic condition. [More]
Twin research reveals gene that may play a crucial part in the development of myopia

Twin research reveals gene that may play a crucial part in the development of myopia

New research carried out by doctors in the Twin Research Unit at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, indicates that a gene called PAX6 may play a crucial part in the development of myopia. [More]