Research at UW-Madison brings hope for people with Macular Degeneration

Millions of people who have trouble seeing could someday be cured, thanks to new research at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

David Gamm and Jason Meyer led a team of scientists who converted stem cells from both embryos and human skin into different kinds of retinal cells. This allows comparison of the two stem cell sources.

It took several steps to develop reinal eye cells.His team has not yet proven that retinal cells made in the lab are just as effective as those made naturally in the human body. Meyer hopes to offer that proof in the group’s next projects.

He says an actual cell replacement process is still pretty far off, but it’s not “pie in the sky” anymore.

The initial studies were published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


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