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Can Gene Therapy Cure Blindness?

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Over the past decade, researches have been testing gene therapy on blind dogs in attempt to restore vision. Earlier this week, six patients in Oxford had this same treatment done, and they're reportedly cured! Join Trace as he shines some light on the steps scientists have taken to get to this point, and questions if gene therapy can ultimately be the cure for blindness!

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Until recently, retinal degeneration secondary to genetic mutations has been thought to be incurable."

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