The world's first embryonic stem cells operation that aims to cure a certain type of blindness has been carried out in London. The process could help reverse age-related sight degeneration, which affects more than 600,000 people in the UK. Stem cells from a donated embryo were grown with healthy eye lining cells, and implanted at the back of the retina where those cells are missing, hopefully leading to their regrowth.
It's the combination of being able to direct specific neural cell growth from stem cells and demonstrate that we can safely transplant these that has the true potential of being a regenerative treatment.
The operation is a milestone for the London Project to Cure Blindness, and the results are eagerly awaited.