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How Gene Therapy Can Improve the Lives of Millions That Suffer From Retinitis Pigmentosa

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Author: Hanah Gomberg

Editors: Ken Saito

Artist: Kimberly Arinton

Throughout my life, I have been told countless times that “my generation is the future of the planet.” Admittedly, this is a daunting task; being responsible for our world is no small feat, but isn’t all youth encompassed in this statement, including the two million children who suffer from X-linked retinitis pigmentosa (RP)? RP is a disease that causes degenerative loss of sight, and until February this year, there was no cure. Gene therapy is currently used to restore the retina, utilizing the RPGR gene as a viral transmitter. The impact of gene therapy is monumental since its use has become more common and has become a standard course of treatment to many other health problems. By saving millions of lives, we are protecting the next generations and the future of our planet.

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