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UK study eyes genetic fix on blindness

Experimental procedure attempts to find cure for genetic problem that affect mostly male patients.

Last updated: 16 Jan 2014 04:45
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Scientists in the United Kingdom have managed to restore sight in people born with a previously incurable form of blindness.

They have used gene therapy to help people with Choroideremia, which affects an estimated one in 50,000 people - mostly men.

The experimental study attempts to correct the underlying gene defect of the patients, and modify it.  

Al Jazeera's Emma Hayward reports from Oxford.

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