Participatory Science Projet: MaculaNet
We are seeking cyber-volunteers interested in contributing to the MaculaNet. This project is aimed to study the structure of retina and the optic nerve in a variety of animal species. The work consists in analyzing electron microscopic pictures (e.g. axon) that a computer cannot analyze automatically. This project allows volunteers to have direct access to scientific data and to participate in a project in basic science that might be useful for medical purpose. Detailed instructions will be communicated to them. Participation in this project doesn’t require any special knowledge in biology.
RetinaNetwork brings together knowledge about the genetics of vertebrate retina from fish to humans. RetinaNetwork has the ambition to present in a comparative and integrated way what is known about the role of genes and their regulation in the organization and functioning of the retina.
Links between eye diseases and genetics: Teaching tools RetinaLearn
An increasing number of people are affected by eye diseases, such as AMD and glaucoma which are the leading cause of blindness in the world. The teaching tools (e.g., movies, cartoons) explain to a broad public eye diseases and how the research in eye genetic, eye development and evolution has become a central part in developing tools targeting these pathologies in the effort to better treat or prevent them.