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Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Treat Blindness

We have been hearing for a decade about the use of stem cells to create organs and treat diseases.  Today, a study showing that hES cells can be differentiated into retinal pigment epithelial cells in an attempt to treat a form of blindness.

Two clinical trials have shown early promise in treating common blindness-causing conditions, specifically the dry form of macular degeneration, by injecting embryonic stem cells behind the human retina. This treatment may be able to prevent the onset of vision-damaging disease and even improve patients’ vision.

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life science, ipt, usa, stem cells, rpe, hes, blindness

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