Cell transplants offer hope of saving eyesight

Millions of people are blind due to macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa

Pioneering method may help tens of thousands of people in France

Tiny patches of cells no larger than 1-2mm square have given hope of saving the vision of some of the 1.5 million people in France suffering from failing eyesight.

French researchers have succeeded in growing patches of embryonic human stem cells into cells that can protect the retina, helping to stop incurable macular degen­eration and treating retinitis ...

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