How-To: Cure colorblindness in an adult primate

How-To:  Cure colorblindness in an adult primate

OK, OK, this is probably something you shouldn’t try on yourself, a loved one, or even a close friend. Still, it’s pretty flippin’ amazing: a full-grown animal, permanently (apparently) cured of a genetic defect by a few injections. Can X-people be that far behind?

(That’s a rhetorical question, BTW; those of you who know the real answer to that question is “yes,” just chill and give me my moment.)

Here is the original abstract at Nature.

8 thoughts on “How-To: Cure colorblindness in an adult primate

  1. jeff-o says:

    Maybe someday they can inject a gene that will allow me to see ultraviolet.

    ‘Cuz, you know, that would be the bee’s knees!

    1. you can see for miles out here says:

      as well as infrared please.

  2. Rick says:

    As a colourblind person who’s struggled with a desire to do art, but an inability to do the colours right…. this… is.. wow…


    Just wow.

  3. Laura Cochrane says:

    I know this is peripheral to the point of this post, but I really like the way the monkey’s hand is resting. It looks very human.

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