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A fake organ mimics what happens in the blink of an eye

Faux eyeball surface could be used to test treatments for eye diseases

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5:15pm, February 20, 2018
close-up of an eye

BABY BLUE  Using human eye cells, researchers fashioned an artificial eye surface that could be used to study and test treatments for eye diseases.

AUSTIN, Texas — A new artificial organ gives a new meaning to the phrase “making eyes.”

For the first time, researchers used human cells to build a model of the surface of the eye that’s equipped with a fake eyelid that mimics blinking. This synthetic eye could be used to study and test treatments for eye diseases, researchers reported February 16 in a news conference at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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