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Hope for Damaged Retinas

Posted on June 7, 2018 | No Comments on Hope for Damaged Retinas

Diabetics are on to a bright future as British scientists have found that a certain cell in the eye might be used to regenerate damaged retina. A study on Muller glial cells in zebrafish regenerating the retina even with extensive damage, has led scientists to believe that it could be done in humans very soon.

Tests have already been conducted at the University College London’s Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital, by studying the Muller glial cells in the eyes of people aged 18 months to 91 years and showed that the cells have developed into a range of different retinal cells. Scientists have also developed the cells into different forms of neurons found in the retina.

Scientists are currently finding a similar approach to let the cells migrate to the retina and take in the characteristic of the surrounding neurons, after it was successfully done in rats with damaged retinas.

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