Hans Keirstead Transforms Embryonic Stem Cells Into Retinas
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June 7th, 2010 by Aaron Saenz
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Researchers at UC Irvine in California have succeeded in getting stem cells to differentiate into a retina. The work was recently published online in the Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and represents the first 3D tissue structures made out of human embryonic stem cells (ESC). The group was lead by Hans Keirstead who is also developing the first US FDA approved therapy using ESC which seeks to treat spinal injuries. While still in the very early stages of development, the ESC-derived retinal tissue may help treat millions of people in the world that suffer from loss of vision due to macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. This is yet another example of how stem cell derived therapies could revolutionize medicine.