Saturday, April 25, 2009

No more blinds, thanks to stem cells

A simple 45-minute operation being developed by British scientists could cure blindness in millions of people around the world.
The revolutionary procedures could take place in six years and could be as commonplace as cataract surgery in less than a decade.
The improvement is likely to be great enough to transform lives, allowing the blind to regain the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as reading or driving.
The pioneering stem cell surgery, being spearheaded by researchers at the world-famous Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, tackles age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the elderly.

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