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World’s First Retinal Cell Transplant

A recent paper from Japan has revealed some exciting news. They are applying to do the world’s first transplant of retinal cells grown from stem cells of another person. These are called induced pluripotent stem cells, iPS, grown from another person’s stem cells. The researchers are going to use the cells to treat patients suffering from advanced wet age-related macular degeneration. This condition causes the vision to deteriorate and possibly blindness in older persons.
This work originates from Kobe City Medical Centre General Hospital and Sakai University. They hope to perform the first surgery in 2017.

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