Human corneas regrown from stem cells
According to a report published in the journal Nature, researchers at four Boston hospitals have managed to regrow human corneas from stem cells. The corneas were then successfully implanted in mice.
Using tracer molecules, the scientists were able to zero in on rare stem cells in tissues from deceased human donors and used them to grow anatomically correct corneas.
The researchers said that by being able to regenerate corneas, they may have provided a way to treat burn victims, victims of chemical injuries and others with damaging eye diseases.