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Corneal tissue grown in laboratory

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7087.1065h (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1065
  1. Janet Morgan
  1. London

    Italian researchers have managed successfully to grow replacement corneal tissue in a laboratory. The grafts were used by the team to repair the corneal epithelium of two men whose eyes had been severely damaged by alkali burns.

    Two years after the grafts were put in place, the new epithelium was healthy and stable and both patients had an improvement in visual acuity, according to research published in the Lancet (1997;339:990-3). “Our findings …

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