Reversing Blindness is a Giant Step, Says Research
UK-based researchers have said that the blindness can be reversed after a great leap of science. According to the study, proclivity of reversing blindness is a great step for the future.
A published study in journal Nature Biotechnology focuses on the fact that the stem cell study can reverse the repair system of the eyes. A team of experts at at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London have been studying a stem cell technique that can cure blindness. For the first time, a team of experts would be studying humans for the same.
This trial is being considered as ground-breaking study. Study focuses on photoreceptors. These are the cells in the retina which react to light. It eventually turns into electrical signal which can be sent to the brain. But these cells die in case a person is blind. There can be several reasons for blindness such as Stargardt's disease and age-related macular degeneration.
The trials will change the face of curing blindness. They can replace the support cells in the eye that keep them alive. Photoreceptors can be kept alive in the process and cure blindness.
According to Prof Robin Ali, lead researcher, "This is a real proof of concept that photoreceptors can be transplanted from an embryonic stem cells source and it give us a route map to now do this in humans".