Eyes have self-healing powers

March 20th, 2008 - 12:48 pm ICT by admin  


Washington, March 20 (IANS) It might be possible to turn on the eye’s own resources to regenerate damaged retinas, without the need for transplanting outside retinal tissue or stem cells, according to a new study. Researchers have discovered a chemical in the eye that triggers the dormant capacity of certain non-neuronal cells to transform into progenitor cells, a stem-like cell that can generate new retinal cells.

If the next step works in animal disease models, then clinical testing would be a possibility soon, offering hopes for millions of victims of degenerative eye diseases.

Scientists have long been aware of M

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