Lozier praises promising, and ethical, blindness study – OneNewsNow

Posted: April 22, 2020 at 5:44 pm

New research results show promise in treating people who are blind.

The National Eye Institute funded the study, which is research considered to be ethical.

Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute says there have been discussions over using adult stem cells to restore sight, which he calls a different tack for advancing science and medicine.

It's still an ethical way to go about this, he observes. There's no embryonic stem cells, no fetal tissue, none of this unethical type of research direction.

What the scientists did was turn a skin cell directly into a photoreceptor for vision then transplanted it.

Prenticeadvises the testing is very preliminary after the experiment on mice.

But what they find was when they transplanted this newly formed type of vision cell into the eyes of these blind mice, he says, they restored their vision.

The researchers applied chemicals that transformed one cell type into another needed for vision, and there is now potential to help people with all forms of vision blindness or vision correction, which would include macular degeneration and other retinal disorders.

Editor's note: Original posting attribute comments to wrong person.

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