This Stem-Cell Implant Could Halt an Incredibly Common Cause of Blindness

April 5, 2018

(MIT Technology Review) – An eye implant made of a thin sheet of human embryonic stem cells might be an effective treatment for a common form of vision loss. Researchers at the University of Southern California grew stem-cell membranes in a sterile lab for a month and then inserted them into the eyes of four people with “dry” macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. An estimated 196 million people worldwide will have some form of macular degeneration by 2020.

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