Stem cell technology "could reverse blindness"

Stem cell technology "could reverse blindness"

Blindness could be reversed if research carried out by experts in the US continues to progress, it has been claimed.

Specialists from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have used cutting-edge stem cell technology to correct a genetic defect present in the rare blinding disorder gyrate atrophy.

According to the experts, this is another step on a "promising path" that could one day lead to therapies to reverse blindness caused by common retinal diseases including both macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa.

Lead study author, cell biologist Jason Meyer, assistant professor of biology in the School of Science at the facility, commented: "It supports our belief that in the future, one might be able to use this approach for replacement of cells lost or malfunctioning due to other, more common diseases of the retina."

by Alexa Kaczka

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