Saturday, September 13, 2014

Japanese woman is first recipient of next-generation stem cells

    Surgeons implanted retinal tissue created after reverting the patient's own cells to 'pluripotent' state.

    A Japanese woman in her 70s is the world's first recipient of cells derived from induced pluripotent stem cells, a technology that has created great expectations since it could offer the same advantages as embryo-derived cells but without some of the controversial aspects and safety concerns.
    In a two-hour procedure starting at 14:20 local time today, a team of three eye specialists lead by Yasuo Kurimoto of the Kobe City Medical Center General Hospital, transplanted a 1.3 by 3.0 millimetre sheet of retinal pigment epithelium cells into an eye of the Hyogo prefecture resident, who suffers from age-related macular degeneration.

    No comments:

    Related Posts with Thumbnails