macular degeneration

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eye disease caused by degeneration of the cells of the macula lutea and results in blurred vision

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Though macular diseases can vary widely, age-related and similar inherited macular degenerative diseases are all characterized by buildup of debris in the retina, the light sensing tissue in the back of the eye that is crucial for vision.
We believe that transplanting new, healthy RPE cells may provide an effective treatment for SMD and perhaps other macular degenerative diseases such as dry AMD.
The efficient production of highly pure RPE cell preparations derived from human embryonic stem cells represents the first critical step in the creation of a renewable source of transplantable cells that can be used to target macular degenerative diseases such as Stargardt's macular dystrophy (SMD) and dry age-related macular degeneration (Dry AMD).
We are optimistic that human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) will serve as a potentially safe and inexhaustible source of RPE for the treatment of a range of macular degenerative diseases.
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