Scientist can now use Stem cell to treat leading cause of blindness

Kapil Bharti is an Indian-origin scientist at the National Eye Institute (NEI) in the US.

His team has found a method cells to treat a leading cause of blindness.

The scientists have found that a layer of cells in the back of the eye are essential for the retina's light-sensing photoreceptors - RPE to survive.

When these cells stop working properly, they cause age-related macular degeneration leading to blindness.

RPE cells die leading to vision loss.

Kapil Bharti and his team have found a method to generate and replace RPE cells using stem cells.

The information can now be used for stem cell- based RPE transplantation into patients with geographic atrophy.

The team is very satisfied with their research and clinical trials may be launched this year.

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