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This dog and her owners helped develop a cure for congenital blindness

A Swedish briard dog born with Leber's congenital amaurosis that was one of six dogs successfully treated with an experimental gene therapy has died at 12 years old. The genetic condition is a common cause of blindness in children, and the gene therapy was tested in people -- and eventually approved -- after its safety and efficacy was demonstrated in dogs, including Venus, who went on to be adopted by a couple who worked on the research team.

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