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Night vision eyedrops allow vision of up to 50m in darkness

#1

Friday 27 March 2015
It might sound like something straight out of Q’s
laboratory or the latest Marvel film but a group of
scientists in California have successfully created
eye drops that temporarily enable night vision.
Science for the Masses, an independent “citizen
science” organisation that operates from the city of
Tehacapi, theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural
molecule that can be created from algae and other
green plants, could enhance eyesight in dark
environments.
The molecule is found in some deep sea fish, forms
the basis of some cancer therapies and has been
previously prescribed intravenously for night
blindness.
The average torch will allow you to see around
10 metres ahead of you
Jeff Tibbets, the lab’s medical officer, said: “There
are a fair amount of papers talking about having
injected it in models like rats and it’s been used
intravenously since the 60s as treatments for
different cancers. After doing the research, you
have to take the next step.”
The next step was to moisten the eyes of
biochemical researcher and willing guinea pig
Gabriel Licina’s eyes with 50 microlitres of Ce6.
The effect was apparently almost instantaneous
and, after an hour, he was able to distinguish
shapes from 10 metres away in the dark and soon
at even greater distances.
“We had people go stand in the woods,” Licina
said, “At 50 metres, I could figure who they were,
even if they were standing up against a tree.”
The effect of the chemical only lasted for a few
hours and the test subject's eyesight returned to
normal the next day.
The organisation has released a paper that detailed
the experiment in their website. It says that more
research will need to be conducted to measure the
actual amount of electrical stimulation increase in
the eye whilst the long term effects of the
procedure will require further investigation.
Tibbets says that this success is perfect
demonstration of the work that his organisation
conducts: “For us, it comes down to pursuing
things that are doable but won’t be pursued by
major corporations. There are rules to be followed
and don’t go crazy, but science isn’t a mystical
language that only a few elite people can speak.”


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#2
Cool...too bad nigeria is lacking in technology.
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#3
(03-28-2015, 06:26 AM)Please quote your references....  Degereji Wrote: Friday 27 March 2015
It might sound like something straight out of Q’s
laboratory or the latest Marvel film but a group of
scientists in California have successfully created
eye drops that temporarily enable night vision.
Science for the Masses, an independent “citizen
science” organisation that operates from the city of
Tehacapi, theorised that Chlorin e6 (Ce6), a natural
molecule that can be created from algae and other
green plants, could enhance eyesight in dark
environments.
The molecule is found in some deep sea fish, forms
the basis of some cancer therapies and has been
previously prescribed intravenously for night
blindness.
The average torch will allow you to see around
10 metres ahead of you
Jeff Tibbets, the lab’s medical officer, said: “There
are a fair amount of papers talking about having
injected it in models like rats and it’s been used
intravenously since the 60s as treatments for
different cancers. After doing the research, you
have to take the next step.”
The next step was to moisten the eyes of
biochemical researcher and willing guinea pig
Gabriel Licina’s eyes with 50 microlitres of Ce6.
The effect was apparently almost instantaneous
and, after an hour, he was able to distinguish
shapes from 10 metres away in the dark and soon
at even greater distances.
“We had people go stand in the woods,” Licina
said, “At 50 metres, I could figure who they were,
even if they were standing up against a tree.”
The effect of the chemical only lasted for a few
hours and the test subject's eyesight returned to
normal the next day.
The organisation has released a paper that detailed
the experiment in their website. It says that more
research will need to be conducted to measure the
actual amount of electrical stimulation increase in
the eye whilst the long term effects of the
procedure will require further investigation.
Tibbets says that this success is perfect
demonstration of the work that his organisation
conducts: “For us, it comes down to pursuing
things that are doable but won’t be pursued by
major corporations. There are rules to be followed
and don’t go crazy, but science isn’t a mystical
language that only a few elite people can speak.”
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