Doctors recently took what they hope will be the first step in using embryonic stem cells to prevent blindness caused by “age-related macular degeneration,” the leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 years and older. Of the two forms of AMD, “wet” and “dry,” the dry form is far more common (90% of cases) and less aggressive and severe than the wet form, which is usually caused by abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid or blood in the center of the retina (the macula). By transplanting stem cells among diseased cells at the back of the eye, physicians hope to prevent sudden severe vision loss from wet age-related macular degeneration, as the stem cells replace the diseased cells.
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