Embryonic Stem Cells to Treat Eye Disease - ACTC Advanced Cell Technology Files IND with FDA
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As many as 10 million people in the United States have photoreceptor degenerative disease. The treatment for eye disease uses stem cells to re-create a type of cell in the retina that supports the photoreceptors needed for vision. These cells, called retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), are often the first to die off in SMD and AMD, which in turn leads to loss of vision.