News octobre / novembre 2015:
Foundation Fighting Blindness-funded researchers have succeeded in producing large amounts of photoreceptors from human embryonic stem cells. These new findings by Professor Gilbert Bernier of the University of Montreal, fuel our hope in the potential of stem cells to treat vision loss.
Dr. Bernier’s research is making the news this week because his team has developed a highly effective technique for producing light sensitive retina cells (cone photoreceptors) from human embryonic stem cells. “Our method has the capacity to differentiate 80% of the stem cells into pure cones,” Professor Bernier explained. “Within 45 days, the cones that we allowed to grow spontaneously formed organised retinal tissue… This has never been achieved before.” ../…
Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to findings published today by Professor Gilbert Bernier of the University of Montreal and its affiliated Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital. ARMD is a common eye problem caused by the loss of cones.
Bernier’s team has developed a highly effective in vitro technique for producing light sensitive retina cells from human embryonic stem cells. “Our method has the capacity to differentiate 80% of the stem cells into pure cones,” Professor Gilbert explained. “Within 45 days, the cones that we allowed to grow towards confluence spontaneously formed organised retinal tissue that was 150 microns thick. This has never been achieved before.”
Première thérapie génique disponible en Allemagne – Nouvel espoir dans le combat pour les maladies rares des yeux
Trial results for Spark Therapeutics therapy shown in Paris
Eye medicine could become first FDA-approved gene therapy drug
A gene therapy maker showed this week it could make blind children and adults see. But the big question left is how long the effect will last.
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