The first skin to eye stem cell transplant in humans was successful

Researchers in the US have successfully transplanted stem cells derived from skin into the back of an eye in an attempt to restore vision. A small section of skin was taken from the patient’s arm, cells where then collected and modified. The modified cells “known as IPSC” were converted into eye cells which were then transplanted into the patients eye.

The cells survived and contributed towards improved vision.

The patient suffered from age related macular degeneration which had not responded to any previous treatments. The slight improvement in vision showed the massive potential for stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

IPSCs are adult cells are converted back into an embryonic stem cell state which allows them to take on the role of other cells within the body, like a programmable template.

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