Scientists Harness Stem Cells for 'Grow-Your-Own' Eye Repair Surgery - NBC Bay Area

Scientists Harness Stem Cells for 'Grow-Your-Own' Eye Repair Surgery



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    Two teams of scientists have come up with creative new ways to eventually replace clumsy cataract or cornea surgery to help people with vision problems regenerate their own eyes, NBC New reported.

    In an early study of infants born with cataracts, researchers developed a new surgical technique that resets powerful stem cells in the eye to replace eye tissue damaged by cataracts and other eye diseases.

    In another, a team of Japanese researchers found a way to turn ordinary skin cells into various types of cells found in the eye.

    "These two studies illustrate the remarkable regenerative and therapeutic potential of stem cells," ophthalmologist Dr. Julie Daniels of University College London wrote in a commentary in Nature, which published both studies.