Stem cells: a cure for blindness?

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Presenter: Rachael Pearson

Published: March 2013

Age: 14-19 and upwards

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Tags: stem;cell;blindness;retinal;degeneration

Type: Lectures

Source/institution: Royal Society

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Retinal degeneration is a leading cause of blindness in the western world. Drug treatments currently available only serve to slow the diseaseÕs progress and are not always successful. Rachael Pearson has helped develop a novel therapeutic approach to restoring vision, by replacing the cells lost through degeneration with functioning, light-sensitive cells. Dr Pearson is a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University College London Institute of Ophthalmology.

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