Algae Eyes

At the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, researchers are using algal genes to restore sight to blind mice, reports New Scientist's Rowan Hooper. The researchers used a gene from algae that encodes a light-sensitive protein and targeted the expression of that gene to a subset of retinal cells. The technique restored the mice's ability to sense light and dark, Hooper says.

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