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New techniques regrow lens, cornea tissue

Novel treatments for eye problems still at preliminary research stage

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1:00pm, March 9, 2016
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FRESH EYES New stem cell studies may someday make it possible to regrow damaged parts of eyes.

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Human cells reprogrammed to become stem cells can form cornea tissue in lab dishes, researchers in Japan and Wales report March 9 in Nature. The stem cell tissue was used to repair the damaged outer layer of the cornea in rabbits. In a separate study also published March 9 in Nature, researchers in China and the United States coaxed stem cells in the eyes of a dozen babies born with cataracts to regrow clear lenses.  

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