Regenerative medicine – stem cell research

Stem cell research is continuing to break ground in the field of regenerative medicine, with a keen focus on the eye as a therapeutic target.

Last year, as research groups around the world created mini-organs from precursor cells, an Oxford-based researcher was commended by the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers for implanting immature retinal cells in mice and a team at the UCL expanded on the process to develop the precursors from embryonic stem cells.  

Researchers in the US grabbed headlines by successfully using the same technique used to make Dolly the sheep- the first cloned mammal-to create induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells from skin, bypassing the need for embryos.  

This year the advance continues as Japanese scientists begin landmark clinical trials using stem cells to treat patients with AMD.



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