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Fetal retinal cells restore sight

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 30 November 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1353

Four blind patients have had their vision partially reconstituted with experimental fetal retinal cell transplants. The patients were all at the late stage of retinitis pigmentosa, a hereditary form of blindness for which no known cure exists. Although the work is preliminary, it is the first to show any potential for reversing the disease.

Eighteen patients have received such transplants so far. Dr Manuel …

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