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Reprogramming of Müller glia cells in mammalian retina promotes regeneration of neuronal cells following injury

A US study, published in the journal Nature (Aug 3rd, 2017), has shown that a regenerative gene from zebrafish is capable of driving the generation of neuronal cells in the mammalian retina. Damaged retina in zebrafish results in cells within the eye regenrating new cells to permit the fish to maintain vision, in contrast to […]

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UK study indicates that type 2 diabetics with sleep apnoea appear to carry an increased risk of sight-threatening retinopathy

A UK study, published in the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine (Jun 8, 2017), indicates that patients with type 2 diabetes and obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) are at a significantly increased risk of sight-threatening diabetic retinopathy. According to the authors of the non-interventional study, the research represents the first longitudinal examination of the […]

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National Eye Institute (NEI) launches research competition to develop a 3-D retina organoid

The National Eye Institute of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has launched an ambitious competition for researchers to build a working model of the human retina from stem cells. The initiative, termed the “3-D Retina Organoid Challenge” (see www.nei.nih.gov/3droc) seeks to “clarify the mechanisms of retinal disease, stimulate new technologies and develop more […]

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