Colorblindness is the most common genetic disorder in the world. It affects roughly 1 out of every 12 men and 1 out of every 200 women. Of those affected by colorblindness, the overwhelming majority of have trouble seeing red and green. Being severely colorblind drastically changes sight based experiences and skills far more than people without the disorder may understand. This is more than not seeing the full spectrum of an amazing sunset or picking out the freshest produce. Colorblindness can prevent some people from pursuing jobs where accurate color assessment is critical.
That’s where the visionary research of Maureen and Jay Neitz come in. The two have spent over a decade researching and developing a cure for colorblindness. Now, by using a virus-based gene therapy and a group of highly trained monkeys, the Neitzes may have finally found a cure for colorblindness.
This has already been a big year for Gene Therapy. I wrote just a few months ago about some promising results with Gene Therapy against Cystic Fibrosis. And now, Gene Therapy is showing progress in fighting one of the most common disorders found in the world.