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Gene therapy first to 'halt' most common cause of blindness

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It is too early to tell the results from this trial, but if it is successful, the aim would be to treat patients before they have lost any sight, in a bid to halt AMD in its tracks.

You can read a report about this therapy on the BBC website. The Macular Society has provided answers to some of the questions arising from this work, which you can read here.

For information about the potential of gene therapy to treat eye diseases, go the the Macular Society website.

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