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Tuesday 28th March 2017

Groundbreaking eye surgery

14th May 2007

A London hospital has carried out ground-breaking eye surgery aimed at restoring the sight of patients with congenital defects.

The surgery at Moorfields Eye Hospital may be a world first and saw doctors insert functional copies of gene RPE 65 into a patient’s retina to correct a defect in the existing gene. The patient was previously unable to detect light and was partially blind. But the Money Times has reported that by inserting the fresh copy into the retina, the genes were able to replicate, leading to improvements in the patient's eyesight.


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