Janet Osborne pioneers groundbreaking gene therapy for age-related macular degeneration

British woman first in world to undergo gene treatment for most common type of blindness

A British woman is the first in the world who has undergone gene therapy to treat the most common cause for blindness.

Janet Osborne (80) suffers from age related macular degeneration. Surgeons at John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, inserted a gene synthetic into her left eye.

Around 600,000 UK residents are affected by AMD. This condition affects central vision, causing smudges or gaps, making it difficult to do everyday tasks like reading and recognising people.


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