Dachshunds Don Designer Shades To Research Human Blindness

August 9th, 2008 by Dan

While you can buy Doggles (sunglasses for your dog) at any fancy pet boutique, some Dachshunds are wearing specially designed sunglasses to help researchers understand a form of blindness. Humans and Standard Wirehaired Dachshunds seem to have have a common link – they both can inherit cone-rod dystrophies, a group of eye diseases that cause the progressive loss of retinal cells. Often this causes “day blindness”, with individuals affected being unable to see in the sunlight and can eventually lead to total loss of sight (in both humans and canines).

Scientists at the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science have been able to pinpoint the mutation in the “hot dogs” that is causing the sight issue. Hopefully this will lead to further insight into the human condition as well.

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