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Research could lead to treatment for retinitis pigmentosa

Research being carried out by Newcastle University, and funded by Fight for Sight and Retina UK, has the potential to lead to finding a viable treatment for the most common inherited eye condition in the UK, retinitis pigmentosa (RP).

The research involves using stem cells from the skin of RP patients who have mutations in the PRPF31 gene to explore the patients’ genetic make-up, allowing them to identify how mutations can affect cells and to recreate defects that lead to patients developing RP. You can find out more on the Fight for Sight website.

Retina UK is the organisation that provides support for people with inherited sight loss, and funds research. For more information, visit their website.

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