Human stem cells used to successfully regrow corneas in mice (Image: Paraskevi Evi Kolovou, Bruce Ksander, and Natasha and Markus Frank)
Researchers regrow corneas using human stem cells (Photo: Shutterstock)
Medical researchers working with human stem cells have discovered a way to improve regrowth of corneal tissue in the human eye. Using a molecule known as ABCB5 to act as an identifying marker for rare limbal stem cells, the researchers were able to use antibodies to detect ABCB5 on stem cells in tissue from donated human eyes and use them to regrow anatomically correct, fully functional human corneas in mice.
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