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Soo McClure celebrates a successful round at the DuBowl Lanes in South St. Louis.
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Soo McClure steps up to the lane with a bowling ball the color of green marble. She lines herself up with the help of a guard rail, takes a deep breath and bowls.

Nine pins go down. A sighted bowler calls out the pin number for the last one, and she tries again for a spare, but her ball ends up in the gutter. 

Last week, NPR's "Morning Edition" aired a segment about echolocation. It's the way bats are able to navigate via sound waves, and it's possible for people to learn the same trick.

Daniel Kish is a developmental psychologist in California. He lost both of his eyes as a toddler due to cancer.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 23, 2011 - Just days before Christmas, it was business as usual at theLighthouse for the Blindin Overland, a nonprofit corporation that has employed blind St. Louisans since the Great Depression.

Jonathan Clemons, 34, who is legally blind, was about to wrap up his shift for the day. He and several other workers seated at a long table were carefully assembling packets of medical supplies that would eventually find their way into the hands of emergency medical technicians. It's a contract job for a commercial company that sells pre-packaged medical kits to first responders.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Studies presented at a recent meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and published online April 27 in the New England Journal of Medicine are supporting further research into gene therapy to treat a rare genetic eye disorder.

The disorder, called Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA), attacks the retina and can lead to severe vision loss and blindness. LCA is a rare genetic condition affecting 1 in 50,000 to 1 in 100,000 of babies born each year. Eyesight begins to fail in early childhood, progressing to total blindness by the time the patient reaches his or her late 20s or 30s.