"Two Blind Mice and a Wild Type" Art Quilt
Image courtesy of Dr. Shannon Conley
Knockout and knockin mice are genetically engineered to carry mutations in their genome to model debilitating diseases,critical since it is difficult to study many diseases in human patients. The scientific and medical advancements that haveresulted from use of these models cannot be overstated. This quilt re-interprets my fluorescein angiograms--pictures ofthe blood vessels in the eye--from mice with diabetic retinopathy (top) and macular dystrophy (bottom), as well as theirnormal or wild-type counterpart (middle). We use these specialized mice to study the pathobiological mechanismsassociated with these blinding retinal degenerations and to develop and test novel treatments.