Blind people regain vision after stem cell transplant

October 15, 2014 2:32 PM

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Blind people regain vision after stem cell transplant

A study of people with severe vision problems found that transplanting embryonic stem cells into their eyes not only didn't harm them, but it helped more than half of them regain some vision.

For the research, published in the journal The Lancet, scientists studied 18 patients. Half of them suffered dry, athrophic age-related macular degeneration, and the other half suffered from Stargardt’s macular dystrophy – diseases that are the leading cause of blindness in adults and young adults.

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