Cell transplant offers path forward on blindness therapy, researchers say

07/21/2013 | New Scientist

Researchers at University College London say they've grown retinal photoreceptor cells in a lab and transplanted them into blind mice, where they matured and established connections with nerves transmitting visual signals to the brain. The process could be used to cure many forms of blindness if it can be repeated using human stem cells. "We now have a route map for doing this with human embryonic stem cells," said study leader Robin Ali.

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