Stem Cell Therapy for AMD a Step Closer
Research on stem cell therapy for AMD is advancing according to a study conducted at the Georgetown University Medical Center. For the first time, researchers were able to create retinal cells from a patient's own stem cells (human induced pluripotent stem cells). These stem cells can then generate tissues and cells for transplantation. Work must still be done to figure out how to program the cells to function as native retinal pigment epithelium (the cells that die off and lead to AMD).
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