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Retina Created From Human Embryonic Stem Cells

[quote]Retina Created from Human Embryonic Stem Cells

ScienceDaily (May 27, 2010)
Hey, that is good news! My mother has macular degeneration, but since she's already 89 years old, I'm certain that this won't be widely available in time to help her.
Even if there were transplant-ready retinas available today Cat I'm afraid, unfortunately that it's very possible people in your mom's age bracket might not even be candidates for the procedure, although that kind of thing often is determined on how invasive the procedure itself is, among other factors such as overall general health, etc.
You're no doubt correct. Her general health is amazing for her age.
After I'd posted that though and logged off I thought to myself, 'Gee, T., could you have made it sound any more depressing?'

Nope. I think I covered that pretty well. [img][/img] [img][/img]

Sorry 'bout that, Cat, but I hope you know I didn't mean to be discouraging or negative, but maybe just a bit too realistic.

But then, never can tell - wouldn't it be something if the elderly in good health could be some of the first it would be available to since some of them have been able to deal with cataracts, etc. successfully but have otherwise maybe suffered poor eyesight for a long time because of macular degeneration and might be able to remain independent longer if they receive those retinas.

Edited by Hypatia on 06/03/2010 02:33
Hypatia: I could hardly be more discouraged already about the likelihood of my mother being a candidate for such a procedure. No, I think you were being entirely realistic about it. Unless she lives to be a centenarian, I doubt that it will be available in time to help her anyway.

It would be great if the elderly were placed first in line for such a procedure, but it isn't likely.
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