A breakthrough revelation has been made by a team of US researchers in the field of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As per a report, the team of researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), US, has generated retinal cells to treat patients suffering from the incurable disease of eye blindness.
According to medical experts, AMD attacks the retina of the eye resulting in death of retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells, which ultimately leads to loss of vision.
Responding to the study, study leader Dr. Nady Golestaneh from Georgetown University Medical Centre in Washington, DC, claimed, “We have shown that we are able to generate retinal cells from cells originally taken from a small amount of biopsied skin, that are then induced to become stem cells”.
If statistics are to be believed, around 239,000 people in the UK are suffering from eye blindness due to AMD.
Though the study has thrown light on the possible cure of AMD, the team has reportedly appealed that further probe is required in the matter so that clinical practices can be followed on the basis of preliminary finding.
Further, Dr. Golestaneh claimed that the study is a remarkable step towards bringing regenerative medicines to the cure of diseases like AMD.