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Animal Research Minute – Could pigs offer clues for curing a common eye disease?

Well, the University of Louisville reports its scientists have developed genetically modified pigs that could hold the key to new treatments and possibly even a cure for retinitis pigmentosa, the most common inherited retinal disease in the U.S. Retinitis pigmentosa affects about 1 in 4000 Americans and is linked to night blindness, loss of peripheral vision, and ultimately total vision loss. By studying pigs with this eye disease, scientists may be able to develop new treatments and cures for people living with this debilitating eye condition.

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