Animal trials showed that cells in the retina that detect light may be repaired with stem cell therapy. The retina reacts to light, converts the light into an electronic signal, and sends the signal to the brain. However, cells within the retina that are responsible for this function may die for a variety of reasons, some of which include: age-related macular degeneration; and Stargart’s disease. According to Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London, there is a high probability that human trials could be next. The study is considered a “huge leap” toward better treatments for blindness and may have wider implications for the field of stem cell research.
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