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Hiding foreign ties should face research misconduct sanctions in the U.S.

U.S. scientists who hide foreign ties should face research misconduct sanctions, panel says

What the United Kingdom’s ‘Brexit election’ means for science

Promises to raise research spending and take action on climate change overshadowed by scientists’ fears about leaving the European Union.

Delivering large genes to the retina is problematic

A new study has shown that a commonly used vector for large gene transfer can successfully deliver genes to retinal cells in the laboratory, but when injected subretinally into rats it provokes a robust and acute inflammatory response. A detailed description of this study and the implications of its results are published in Human Gene Therapy.

75 start-ups and SMEs awarded €278 million

Commission awards more than €278 million to 75 start-ups and SMEs set to shape the future

Treatment for leading cause of blindness generates billions in value to society

Researchers at the University of Southern California have developed an economic model to quantify the benefits of treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration (wAMD), the leading cause of blindness in western countries.

FDA approves first contact lens that slows myopia progression

MiSight, the first contact lens indicated to slow the progression of myopia in children ages 8 to 12 years, has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers take first step toward genetic test for childhood short-sightedness

Researchers from the Universities of Cardiff and Bristol have devised a test that could in future help to identify children at risk of developing a very common eye condition.

Johns Hopkins researchers develop new way to deliver sight-saving gene therapy to the retina

In experiments with rats, pigs and monkeys, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a way to deliver sight-saving gene therapy to the retina.

Third of children who need glasses aren't wearing them

It's a problem many teachers are familiar with, a student apparently struggling in class, but in fact just suffering from something that's easily fixed—vision problems—with an inexpensive pair of glasses.

New study on gene modulation may help prevent blindness

Genes borrowed from a spider turned Peter Parker into Spiderman. If scientists can use archaea--tiny organisms similar to bacteria--as a source of useful genes for humans, might it help prevent blindness one day?

Researchers find potential new treatment for diabetic retinopathy

About one in three diabetic patients develops diabetic retinopathy (DR), which can impair vision and lead to blindness.

Quantum gold rush: the private funding pouring into quantum start-ups

Robert Schoelkopf spent more than 15 years studying the building blocks of quantum computers until, in 2015, he decided it was time to start constructing one.

Two different treat-and-extend protocols with aflibercept in wet AMD suggest fewer injections

Researchers at the Helsinki Retina Research Group at the University of Helsinki, Finland report that while two treatment protocols – either moderate or rapid extensions – do not change the visual acuity or central subfield macular thickness (CSMT), the mean number of injections was lower and the treatment interval longer in the treat-and-extend group with rapid extensions.

New study suggests that the UK general public rank sight, hearing and balance as top three senses

Which of our senses is most important to us? We may intuitively understand that certain senses like sight or hearing are particularly valuable in our day-to-day lives.

First EJP RD General Assembly

The European Joint Program on Rare Diseases (EJP RD) held its first general assembly meeting on 17 – 19 September at the Medical University of Gdansk, Poland.