26 June 2013

In Japan, the first retinas from IPSC will soon be transplanted

Grow a new eye…
The Japanese are starting experiments on transplanting organs to people,
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The retina of the eye, grown from multifunctional stem cells, will be transplanted by Japanese scientists to a patient with macular degeneration. Permission to conduct clinical trials was given today by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan.

According to ITAR-TASS, such an operation will take place for the first time in the world. Masae Takahashi, one of Japan's leading ophthalmologists, will lead the work. During the experiment, skin cells will be taken from blind patients, from which it is planned to obtain multifunctional stem cells. Healthy retinal tissue will then be grown from them. Test trials are scheduled for the summer of 2014. Six volunteers over the age of 50 agreed to them.

Multifunctional stem cells are capable of forming healthy cells of various organs under certain influence. This makes it possible to grow tissues and even whole organs to replace those lost or affected by the disease. Last year, Japanese scientist Shinya Yamanaka received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for key discoveries in this field. After that, the Japanese government decided to expand state support for research in this area and allocate more than $ 1.2 billion for them over the next ten years.

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