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Embryonic Stem Cells Restore Vision In Preliminary Test

Submitted by drgailhumble on October 16, 2014

As many of you know, before receiving my medical degree, I graduated from UC Davis with a degree in genetics, and I’ve been writing about stem cells for ever since they’ve come to the forefront of medical science. Although stem cells are a controversial topic (for more information to see a previous post on the subject which includes a video that makes stem cells simple and understandable) the medical advances can’t be denied. Human embryonic stem cells have the ability to become any kind of cell in the body, and scientists have been hoping they could be used to treat many different diseases. In a recent study,  it’s been reported that there is strong evidence that stem cells seem to have improved the vision in patients who were legally blind due to two progressive, currently incurable eye diseases. One of the patients, Isabella Buekes, has been legally blind for 40 years but can now make out the cursor on her computer screen, and can hike the hills near her house by herself. She says: “The improvement… is just, it’s very, very significant for me. I think it’s fantastic. I just think to be part of groundbreaking research work is amazing.” To read the entire article, click here

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