Saturday, April 23, 2011

Stem cell research may help treat common blindness - Two excerpts from two sites used.

"For example, all of this work so far needs viruses to function as cell carriers, and this creates problems," he explained. "So, people are now trying to see if they can replicate this kind of lab work without the use of viruses. That will have to happen before we can go to human trials. And we're not there yet," Vavvas said.

"With the current know-how and technology, we're probably talking a minimum of three to five years before we can even go to clinical trials," he pointed out.

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'We have shown that we are able to generate retinal cells from cells originally taken from a small amount of biopsied skin, that are then induced to become stem cells', explained study leader Dr Nady Golestaneh from Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington, DC. 'The retinal cells we have generated are really functional… they mimic the function of native retinal cells that play a key role in the eye for light absorption, nutrition and receptor function'.

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after reading this some basic questions may arise like:
1. How do a blind person volunteer?
2. Where do the Blind volunteer go?
3. Will the Blind person be used in the trial?
4. What effort a Blind person can put in this research, surely he'd not like to sit idle and no nothing, because of technology he wants to get involved?

These questions will be answered soon.

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