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Using Gene Transfer to Replace Dead Photoreceptors

From an interview with Kristina Narfström, Professor, Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Genetic transfer can be used to replace dead photoreceptor cells. Narfström employs this method to correct protein defects in the eyes. The procedure involves injecting a construct – a vehicle that brings the protein the correct DNA – into the retina cell. The construct is then transported into the nucleus, where it is translated to make the correct protein.