Cornea cells successfully grown and implanted to cure blindness

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    The cornea is a transparent layer at the front of the eye. A layer of cells on its inner surface keeps it moist by "pumping" water out of it.
    Trauma, disease and aging can reduce the number of these cells leading to deterioration and blindness.
    Now, Melbourne researchers say they have successfully grown and implanted cornea cells to cure blindness.
    The cells were grown on a layer of synthetic film and transplanted into the eyes of animals, restoring vision.
    Researchers are now preparing for human trials.
    The technique, developed by researchers at Melbourne University and the Centre for Eye Research, could replace transplants of donated cornea. Researchers believe that this new treatment is better than a donated cornea and that using the patient's own cells will reduce the risk of rejection.

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-...y'-grown-and-implanted-cure-blindness/7736240
     

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