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Pig stem cells ‘can be used in retina tissue repair’

14th April 2011

Stem cells taken from pigs could be utilised to help repair damaged retina tissue among humans, according to a new study.

Researchers from the US and China have found that pigs can be an effective proxy species for studying new human treatments, due to the fact that swine eyes contain a cone-dominant central visual streak similar to those in humans.

In the past, research in this area was inhibited by the fact that the induced pluripotent stem cells needed for transplants had not been isolated, nor had photoreceptor cell compatibility been demonstrated.

However, the team led by Dr Douglas Dean from the University of Louisville has been able to find a way of integrating pig stem cells into a damaged swine neural retina.

Dr Dean said: "This research now lays a foundation for future studies of retinal stem cell transplantation in a swine model."

Earlier this month, researchers at the University of Minnesota revealed that they are using stem cells to grow the world's first lab-created live human hearts.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800500303-ADNFCR

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