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Eye Health

07 April 2011

Scientist grow eye in lab

In a major advance toward regenerative medicine, researchers have for the first time coaxed stem cells from a mammal into becoming an embryonic eye.

In a major advance toward regenerative medicine, researchers have for the first time coaxed stem cells from a mammal into becoming an embryonic eye.

In laboratory experiments with mice, researchers led by Yoshiki Sasai of the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan began with pluripotent stem cells, the universal starter kit for virtually every specialised cell in an organism.

 

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