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Rare gene variant linked to macular degeneration

Washington University in St. Louis, by Jim Dreyden ~ September 16, 2013 An international team of researchers, led by scientists at The Genome Institute at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Michigan School of Public Health in Ann Arbor, has identified a gene mutation linked to age-related macular degeneration

Stem Cells in Eyes Offer Hope for Reversing Leading Cause of Blindness in Seniors

Thursday, January 5, 2012 By: Sheryl Ubelacker, The Canadian Press Eyes have been called the window to the soul, but they are also proving to be a potential wellspring for regenerative medicine. Researchers say they have discovered a new source of stem cells at the back of the eye, which they hope may one day

Scientists Make a Retina from Animal Stem Cells

Wednesday, April 6, 2011 By: Michelle Roberts, BBC News A part of the eye that is essential for vision has been created in the laboratory from animal stem cells, offering hope to the blind and partially sighted. One day it might be possible to make an eye in a dish, Nature journal reports. The Japanese

Human Embryonic Stem Cells May Help Older People Battle Blindness

Monday, January 3, 2011 By: Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times A therapy derived from human embryonic stem cells may help millions of Americans battle a common form of blindness. Advanced Cell Technology Inc. said Monday that it has received a green light from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin a clinical trial to

Blind to be Cured with Stem Cells

Sunday, April 19, 2009 By: Sarah-Kate Templeton, The Sunday Times (London) British scientists have developed the world's first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years' time. The treatment involves replacing a layer