29 November 2004

Stem cells could prevent world's leading cause of blindness

A study co-authored by Professor Pete Coffey at the University of Sheffield, has shown for the first time that adult stem cells can be used to replace dead retinal cells, reversing the damage caused by retinitis pigementosa, the world's leading cause of inherited blindness. The study, published in November 2004's edition of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, has successfully used stem cells to reverse retinitis pigmentosa in mice, and hold great promise for treating a number of causes of blindness in the future.