Scientist Succeeds In Growing Retinal Eye Cells In A Lab

Scientist David GammScientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, led by David Gamm, have not only grown retina cells in their lab from stem cells, but they have been able to implant those cells, have them communicate with other cells in the eye, and transmit signals to the brain.

This exciting development may be the precursor to conduct clinical trials on humans who have degenerative eye diseases, with the ultimate goal of treating vision impairment and blindness.  These clusters of retinal cells, called organoids, can be used as replacement parts to replace certain cells lost or damaged by eye disease.

Lab-grown retinal eye cells make successful connections, open door for clinical trials to treat blindness

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