Embryonic Stem Cell Therapy Helps Treat Eye Disease
In a study published in the journal Lancet on Monday, a team of researchers from California and Massachusetts found that an experimental treatment derived from human embryonic stem cells helped to significantly improve the vision of two southern California patients. The patients -- who suffered from progressing forms of blindness -- were treated at UCLA last summer. Advanced Cell Technology -- which developed the therapy and funded the study -- now is expanding the trial.
- "Stem Cell Treatment for Eye Diseases Shows Promise" (Pollack, New York Times, 1/23).
- "Embryonic Stem Cells Appear To Restore Some Vision to Legally Blind Patient" (Stein/Brown, Washington Post, 1/23).
- "Therapy Based on Embryonic Stem Cells Improved Patients' Vision" (Kaplan, "Booster Shots," Los Angeles Times, 1/23).