Washington University Scientists One Step Closer to Curing Color Blindness

Morayma Reyes

Washington University Scientists One Step Closer to Curing Colorblindness

In collaboration with a biotech company, researches from the University of Washington are working toward the final stages of presenting the public with a cure for colorblindness. Husband and wife duo, Jay and Maureen Neitz have researched this condition for years, and are currently involved in an exclusive deal with the University of Washington and Avalanche Biotechnologies for starting testing on human subjects. The treatment is rooted in the replacement of polluted cells called cones, that don’t have color-producing proteins. By producing these cells artificially, the team can then give a shot to the eye in hopes of allowing people with this condition to distinguish between different hues.

There are over 10 million Americans that suffer from colorblindness, and so far this is the closest we have come to actually curing this vision deficiency. People who are colorblind fall in three different categories; unable to see a combination of red-green, blue- yellow, and a small portion of this population is fully colorblind —  can only see different shades of grey. Colorblind people are able to lead normal lives, however, they are limited to certain careers that require great detail to color.

The research team is confident in their findings, and will begin testings on humans in as little as two years, and the research team remains hopeful that future trials will be successful. The potential benefits to this medical treatment can prove to be hugely successful, and could change the lives of many people. The program’s website has been flooded with inquiries and questions regarding testing. People are curious to know the future of the study and ways they can become involved. Many of those who are colorblind do not see it as a crippling deficiency, and have been able to lead normal lives. However, being able to see things in a new way is an exciting endeavor that many would like to experience. Jay and Maureen Neitz are also looking forward to seeing their life’s work in the final clinical testing phase, and they are hopeful to succeed in curing colorblindness.

For more information on this topic please visit: www.colorvisionawareness.com