Stem Cells Derived From Skin Improve Vision
In an experimental study at Schepens Eye Research Institute, red mice were used to convert skin cells into retinal neurons and thus restore visual function. They found a significant increase in electrical activity in the newly reconstructed retinal tissue, signifying that connections were being made between the new photoreceptor cells and the rest of the retina. Michael J. Young, MD, principal investigator of the study, said, “Stem cell regeneration of this precious tissue is our best hope for treating and someday curing these disorders,(RP and AMD).”
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