Genetic condition that leads to blindness discovered in monkeys for the first time
Three rhesus macaques were found to have the genetic mutation that is associated with Bardet-Biedl Syndrome
Writing in Experimental Eye Research, researchers highlight that three rhesus macaques monkeys were found to have Bardet-Biedl Syndrome (BBS), which leads to vision loss, kidney dysfunction and other symptoms.
BBS is part of a larger family of diseases that affect the retina called retinitis pigmentosa.
The syndrome occurs in one in 140,000 to 160,000 North American births.
Dr Martha Neuringer, from Oregon Health & Science University, highlighted that there is no cure for BBS at present.
“Having a naturally occurring animal model for the condition could help us find one in the future,” she shared.
Scientists also hope that having an animal model of BBS may lead to a greater understanding of a variety of retinitis pigmentosa diseases.
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