Tech news - Winter 2023

8 February 2023
Winter 2023

A glance at what’s happening in the world of technology - Winter 2023.

Gene therapy for Stargardt disease in the offing

Scientists at the National Eye Institute have found the first direct evidence that Stargardt-related ABCA4 gene mutations affect the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE).

The discovery points to a new understanding of the progression of this rare inherited blinding disease and suggests a therapeutic strategy. The research team used a new stem cell-based model made from skin cells, according to the study published in Stem Cell Reports.

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