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December 1, 1962

Regional Notes

JAMA. 1962;182(9):32-34. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050480096041

Researchers Use Collies In Retina Detachment Study  Collie dogs are being used at the Stanford Medical Center in a study of detachment of the retina. Collies are the first animals known in which the condition occurs naturally. The degenerative ailment found in the collies' eyes is similar to the defect that blinds many Americans each year, Stanford researchers said.The study is directed by Dr. Seymour R. Roberts, a veterinarian and research associate at Stanford, and Dr. A.N. Dellaporta, assistant professor of opthalmology. Roberts said the study may also provide information for breeders and dog lovers. He said he fears that since the condition in collies is congenital, it may influence the entire breed."At present, about 30% of all the collies in the U.S. have eye defects. Half of those affected probably will develop detachment, with blindness resulting in a large number." He added that dog lovers apparently are