Anti-blindness stem cell therapy perfected

UPI News Service – Published: April 19, 2009 at 2:27 PM
LONDON, April 19 (UPI) — British scientists say they have developed a stem procedure that will reverse the most common cause of blindness, age-related macular degeneration.
The procedure, pioneered by the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital, involves replacing a layer of degenerated eye cells with new ones obtained from embryonic stem cells, The Sunday Times of London reported.
The newspaper said pharmaceutical research company Pfizer this week will announce financial backing to bring the therapy to patients.
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2009/04/19/Anti-blindness-stem-cell-therapy-perfected/UPI-82961240165626/

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