Macular degeneration research grows human cells in artificial eye

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Artificial oculus  conception  utilized  to turn  quality  cells successful  the laboratory   astatine  Anglia Ruskin UniversityImage source, Qays Najm/BBC

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The artificial oculus conception is 1/25th of the size of a quality hair

By Nikki Fox

Health correspondent, BBC Look East

Researchers person grown and kept quality cells live successful a replica oculus successful a laboratory.

The squad astatine Anglia Ruskin University successful Chelmsford, Essex, anticipation it could beryllium the adjacent measurement towards attraction for age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Prof Barbara Pierscionek, who led the research, said it was an "exciting breakthrough".

Macular Society main enforcement Cathy Yelf said the improvement was "encouraging".

Using nanotechnology, a 3D replica was created to enactment the maturation of the cells, overmuch similar scaffolding.

The replica mimics the macular furniture astatine the backmost of the eye.

The assemblage hopes the adjacent measurement volition beryllium to behaviour objective trials.

Prof Pierscionek said: "We've recovered thing that's allowing the cells to turn and beryllium viable successful the agelong term."

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Prof Pierscionek has been researching oculus illness for astir 3 decades

If successful, the artificial furniture could beryllium transplanted into humans arsenic a attraction for AMD, for which determination is nary cure.

The illness affects one successful 10 radical implicit 65, and affects vision.

In the peer-reviewed study, researchers managed to support the cells live for 150 days.

"In the past, scientists would turn cells connected a level surface, which is not biologically relevant," Prof Pierscionek said.

"Using these caller techniques. the compartment enactment has been shown to thrive successful the 3D environment.

"This an breathtaking breakthrough that could perchance assistance millions of people."

Image source, Steve Hubbard/BBC

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Mary Davies has been surviving with AMD for 15 years

Mary Davies, 84, from Downham Market successful Norfolk, has adust AMD and tin nary longer thrust oregon thatch macramé - a needlework craft.

She said the information was restrictive, and welcomed the development.

"I've known radical with a diagnosis who thought it was the extremity of their lives," she said.

"Knowing that this probe is going connected is wonderful."

According to Macular Society, the illness costs the NHS £1.6bn a year.

Chief enforcement Cathy Yelf said: "Macular illness is arsenic prevalent arsenic dementia and represents a immense cost, attraction and societal burden.

"While determination inactive needs to beryllium a batch much enactment done earlier we spot this being utilized successful humans, this is an encouraging country of research."

Image source, AFP

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The probe squad brought unneurotic engineers successful nanotechnology with oculus illness experts

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