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Sandia Labs reveals a possible cure for certain forms of blindness.

TELECOMWORLDWIRE-19 September 2002-Sandia Labs reveals a possible cure for certain forms of blindness (C)1994-2002 M2 COMMUNICATIONS LTD

Science-based technology developer Sandia Labs has revealed a new chipset that could give sight back to the blind.

The Multiple-unit Artificial Retinal Chipset (Marc) can be placed inside the eye of an individual who is suffering from macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa - conditions where the retina's light-sensitive cells cease to function but the nerves are still active. Recipients of the chip could have limited sight restored, enough - according to a spokesperson for the company - to read, move around objects and do basic household chores but not enough to drive.

Sight is restored by sending a video image from a spectacle mounted camera by radio into the chipset in the eye. The chip then stimulates the retinal nerves while also receiving the power that it needs to run from the radio signal.

The chipset is the result of a USD9m collaboration between US national research labs and universities. The project is expected to be completed in 2004.

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Title Annotation:Sandia National Laboratories' Multiple-unit Artificial Retinal Chipset
Comment:Sandia Labs reveals a possible cure for certain forms of blindness.(Sandia National Laboratories' Multiple-unit Artificial Retinal Chipset)
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 19, 2002
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