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Planarian flatworms have come under intense study
for their renowned ability to regenerate any missing
body part. Split one in two and it will regenerate as two
Now this species may take on a starring role as a
model system for studying eye development and eye
diseases in vertebrates, including humans.
Whitehead Institute researchers identified 600
active genes in the Planarian eye, among them genes
involved in eye development and others associated
with age-related macular degeneration and Usher
syndrome, a disorder that causes progressive retinal
The compound eyes of fruit flies are the most
thoroughly studied invertebrate eyes, owing to the
short fly lifecycle and a library of well-described
eye-related genes in fruit flies. However, Planarians
present a new genetic system, with an eye based on
one optic cup lined with pigment cells.
One of the key genes identified in Planarian eye
development is the transcription factor ovo, which
activates the expression of many other genes as the
eye forms. Until now, ovo had been associated with
neural tube and germ cell development in other
organisms, but not with the eye. In Planarians, ovo is
vital for eye regeneration and maintenance in the adult,
and is also active in eye development in the embryo.
Researchers have found, when ovo is experimentally
turned off, Planarians with head amputations cannot
regenerate their eyes and eyes of otherwise normal
adult Planarians vanish after a couple months.
Researchers said the ability to study diverse model
species has distinct benefits, and this has been
demonstrated by the discovery of a critical role for ovo.
Treatment for Severe Dry Eye
A new treatment is providing relief to patients with
severe dry eye, often as the result of cancer or complex
corneal disease. The treatment, called PROSE, is a
custom-made removable prosthetic device that
continuously bathes the eye in artificial tears.
Karen S. DeLoss, OD, a PROSE specialist who works
at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, said it
is wonderful to be able to offer patients a treatment
The device, which is created during treatment, rests
on the sclera and is composed of material that allows
oxygen to reach the cornea. It creates a smooth
surface over the damaged cornea and the artificial
tears provide lubrication and support transfer of a
healthy supply of oxygen to the cornea. The device
supports healing and reduces the disabling symptoms
of pain and light sensitivity.
The treatment process typically takes seven to 10
days to achieve optimal fit and comfort. Before leaving
the clinic, patients receive training in maintaining the
Kellogg is just one of few academic medical centres
in the United States that offers the treatment.
Source: mivision, September 28, 2012
OPTOMETRISTS... Peter Oswald and
Yee Wing Lee.
THE annual Kids v Cancer
Charity Golf Day, played at
Kadina on September 25,
raised $17,294.15 with the
total raised over the past
14 years $201,975.
The event is organised
by Brenton "Butch" Davies,
and supporters, who have
been inspired to raise
money for children with
cancer by Josh Ritchie.
Josh and Butch met at
the Convoy for Kids truck
run in Adelaide in 1998,
but Josh sadly died from
leukaemia in 1999, just
before his 9th birthday.
"We have kept in touch
with Josh's parents Ngaire
and Wayne and they again
attended this year along
with their children Sam,
Patrick and Tess and their
partners," Butch said.
The annual golfing day
was well supported with 69
golfers playing the course
and many others joining
afterwards for the tradi-
tional roast meal.
"I am very appreciative
of the players who turned
up and played in the wind
and those who came later
in the afternoon and sup-
ported the day," Butch said.
"On the day, I acknowl-
edged support from the
many local businesses for
raffle prizes, auction goods
and trophies, donations of
food, and cash donors and
thanked everyone who has
helped leading up to and
on the day.
"The community also
generously dug deeply into
"There has been
tremendous support from
this area and further afield
given there are so many
requests from individuals
and businesses for the
This year, money raised
will be split between Camp
Quality and the Apex
Copper Coast retreat cab-
ins which will be built at
Kids v cancer golf
day raises $17,000+
TROPHY PRESENTATION... The Josh Ritchie Memorial Trophy win-
ners Andrew Michael, Jim Wheeler, Rosemary Michael and Sonya
Wheeler with Josh's parents Ngaire and Wayne.
LIFE MEMBER... At the recent Port
Clinton Progress Association annual
general meeting, Murray "Flash" Duthie
was honoured with life membership.
Pictured is Murray receiving a certifi-
cate and being congratulated by outgo-
ing president Gary Storkey. The new
committee members elected were
president Denis Story, vice-president
Daniel Poulter, secretary Una McKenzie,
treasurer Kaye Ryan, social secretary
Kate Russell, assistant social secretary
John Witt and members Rodney
Russell, John Webber, Ashley Ryan,
John Manhire, Neville Atkins, Hayley
Slater, Chris Slater, Alan Headon and
Flash gets life
ANDREW Knight has proven his footy tipping prowess,
finishing third in the Centre State Exports Sporting Club
Footy Tipping Competition.
Andrew was tipping on behalf of Cunliffe Tennis Club
and has won $500 for the club.
This can be used as sponsorship over two years or to
make a one-off purchase of equipment or the like.
The competition allows sporting clubs around the state
to enter their tips each week for the chance of winning
great prizes at the end of the season.
Cunliffe footy tip winners
Josh Ritchie Memorial Trophy winners:
Rosemary Michael, Andrew Michael,
Sonya Wheeler, Jim Wheeler 52.5 net;
runners-up Jenny Day, Rick Day, Warwick
Welsh, John Harris.
Off-stick winners: Ryan Wheeler,
Zack Spurling, Paul Spurling, Jackson Arthur;
runners-up Steve McDowell, Richard Wegener,
Glen Fear, Mark Pridham.
AN area of the new garden beds
surrounding the SA Ambulance
Service station at Yorketown will
be forever referred to as Leon's
Garden, thanks to the generosity
of his wife Maxine and family.
"The family's generous dona-
tion after Leon's passing, com-
bined with other donations we've
received over the years, enabled
us to give the whole area around
the station a much-needed
makeover," team leader Sandy
"We were very lucky to have
Redding's Crushing donate all the
stone, while Ian McQueen donat-
ed the plaque for Leon's memori-
al chair and Tom Edwards helped
to prepare the area for planting."
Volunteers completed much of
the work with the help of family
and other supporters.
Mrs Voigt and grandsons
Jaylen, Tyler and Keegan visited
the station last Friday to inspect
the finished project, which
includes a memorial chair
banked by white roses, Leon's
"Leon was a very keen garden-
er and he loved white roses," Mrs
"The donation to the ambu-
lance service was something we
had discussed as a way of saying
thank you for their assistance and
support during his illness.
"People don't realise how much
our ambulance volunteers are
needed in the community until
they need to call on the service
themselves, especially younger
Mrs Voigt said she would urge
people to think about stepping up
to help out this very valuable
"To maintain a local 24-hour
service at Yorketown we do need
more people to fill the gaps in the
roster and will be holding two
coffee mornings in the coming
week to give people the opportu-
nity to meet some of our local
volunteers and find out what's
involved in becoming an ambu-
lance officer," Mrs Gutsche said.
"Our current volunteers will be
on hand to talk about their expe-
riences and what they get out of
being part of the service."
Volunteers will be at the
Location Cafe, Edithburgh,
10.30am Friday, October 12; and
Yorke Cafe, Yorketown, 10.30am
Monday, October 15.
For more information, call
regional team leader Tamara
Mieglich on 0438 803 246.
Leon's Garden at ambulance station
LEON'S GARDEN... Maxine Voigt and grandsons Jaylen,
Tyler and Keegan with local SA Ambulance Service volun-
teers Sandy Gutsche, Peter McGuire, Sonya Mack, Reece
Warren, Regina Bishop and Stuart Heinrich-Smith in the sta-
tion's new garden dedicated to the memory of Leon Voigt.
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