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Laboratory glassware
Jan 21, 2011
Advanced Cell Technology said on Monday it had won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval to test human embryonic stem cells for treating macular degeneration, a common cause of vision loss. It is the second FDA-approved trial for ACT's stem cell product and the third for the controversial and powerful stem cells. ACT said it would...

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Laboratory glassware
Jul 21, 2010
Stem cells, with their capacity to regenerate and replace diseased tissues, have recently been proposed as having great potential in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A stem cell therapeutic approach could operate to replace either the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the neurosensory retina or a combination of both....

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Laboratory mouse
Jun 27, 2010
A new study finds that inhibition of CXCR4 may be useful in preventing neovascularization but does not appear to have an effect on already established angiogenesis, whereas a multiple receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor (SU14813) reduced the size of previously formed lesions. Endothelial precursor cells (EPCs) derived from hematopoietic stem...

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Stargard's macular dystrophy
Mar 29, 2010
Advanced Cell Technology, Inc., a biotechnology company, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted orphan drug designation for the company's MA09-hRPE cells for use in the treatment of Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD). Orphan drug designation is granted to companies with products aimed at treatment of a rare...

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Laboratory glassware
Nov 22, 2009
Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), Inc. announced that it filed an Investigational New Drug (IND) Application with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to initiate a Phase I/II multicenter study using embryonic stem cell derived retinal cells to treat patients with Stargardt's Macular Dystrophy (SMD). While there is currently no treatment...

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Laboratory glassware
Oct 23, 2009
Scientists have overcome a key barrier to the clinical use of stem cells with a technique which transforms regular body cells into artificial stem cells without the need for introducing foreign genetic materials, which could be potentially harmful. The research, published in Stem Cells, suggests that cells taken from a patient's eye can be "...

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Laboratory glassware
Sep 24, 2009
Multiple types of retinal cells have been grown from two types of stem cells, according to a new research report — suggesting a future in which damaged retinas could be repaired by cells grown from the patient's own skin. "This is an important step forward for us, as it not only confirms that multiple retinal cells can be derived from human...

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Laboratory glassware
Aug 13, 2009
University of Florida researchers were able to program bone marrow stem cells to repair damaged retinas in mice, suggesting a potential treatment for age-related macular degneration (AMD). The success in repairing a damaged layer of retinal cells in mice implies that blood stem cells taken from bone marrow can be programmed to restore a...

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Laboratory glassware
Apr 19, 2009
British scientists have developed the world's first stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years' time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated retinal cells with new ones created from embryonic...

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Laboratory mouse
Dec 17, 2008
Researchers have reported for the first time that mammals can be stimulated to regrow retinal nerve cells. Other scientists have shown before that certain retina nerve cells from mice can proliferate in a laboratory dish. Today's report gives evidence that retina cells can be encouraged to regenerate in living mice. The researchers...

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