Skip to comments.Lab made cornea offers new hope for restored vision
Posted on 08/25/2010 12:11:36 PM PDT by decimon
Corneas made in the laboratory have successfully restored the sight of 10 Swedish patients with significant vision loss.
Produced entirely from synthetic collagen, the implants offer the tantalising possibility for a replacement to human donor tissues.
The custom-made corneas work by prompting regeneration of the nerves and cells in the eye.
This is the first time vision has been restored in this way.
The patients all recovered their sight as well as if they had received human donor corneas. In some respects, recovery of the eye was better than when compared to a human graft.
"Nerve regeneration was faster in all patients than it would have been if they had received a human graft." Professor Griffith told BBC News.
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Modern medicine is inching towards miraculous. I read another story a few weeks ago about a Japanese company that had developed a gel that will cause teeth to regenerate - the possibility being that cavities will be filled with this gel, and will regrow themselves putting an end to artificial fillings like silver and composite materials.
That is very close to a miracle.
Thanks for posting. My daughter is studying biology and really is excelling in organic chemistry and materials. I sent her this article as an example of the wonderful breakthrough in organic materials.