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Stem cells may aid vision in the blind

2012-01-23 22:36

Los Angeles - Scientists are reporting that embryonic stem cells can ease blindness in some people.

The research published online on Monday in the journal Lancet is the first result from the use of embryonic stem cells in humans. It involved two legally blind patients who received an injection of cells derived from embryonic stem cells in one eye.

One had the "dry" form of age-related macular degeneration, and the other had a rare disease that causes serious vision loss.

After four months, both did better on a standardised eye test.

The work was done by scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles and Advanced Cell Technology in Massachusetts. A third patient in London last week underwent a similar stem cell injection as part of the company's ongoing tests.