In a University of Florida Health Science Center press release, the school announced that a group of its researchers were able to program bone marrow stem cells to repair damaged retinas in mice. According to the press release, the researchers removed blood stem cells from the bone marrow of mice, modified the cells in cultures and injected them back into the animals’ circulatory systems. These modified cells were then able to home in on the eye injury and become retinal cells. At 28 days after receiving the modified stem cells, mice that had previously demonstrated no retinal function were no different than normal mice in electrical measures of their response to light. The work was supported by the National Eye Institute.

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  2. Hi
    Have been reading for a while now and finally have something to ask though it’s OT to the current entry.
    I was sitting in the waiting room of an eye clinic while my brother had LASIK this week ad saw two 30 ish opthamologists come and go, bother were wearing glasses. I was wondering why don’t they have LASIKthemselves, is it the type of thing that interferes with their ability to operate? Or more of a personal thing perhaps?

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