Monday, June 17, 2013

Genes Get in Your Eye

[Thanks to my friend Barbara Biggs for  finding and sharing this article.]
Genes Get in Your Eye
"Using mouse eyes as a setting for directed evolution, scientists have created a new version of the gene therapy vector adeno-associated virus (AAV) that can deliver genes deep into the retina, according to a paper published online today (June 12) in Science Translational Medicine. Such a vector could improve therapeutic gene delivery to target cells and lead to safer and less invasive gene therapy treatments.
'This is a beautifully planned, executed, and powerfully presented paper,' said Jean Bennett, a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, who was not involved in the study. 'It shows the results of a very clever system to evolve AAV to target cells in the retina efficiently from an intravitreal injection.' ... "

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