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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Regaining Eyesight

In a Scientific First, Blind Mice Regain Eyesight
A group of U.S. scientists has helped mice with destroyed optic nerves to see again
Regrown Brain Cells Give Blind Mice a New View
Mix of gene manipulation and exercise raises hopes in fight against glaucoma, spinal injury and Alzheimer’s 
By Karen Weintraub on July 11, 2016
Glaucoma of the optical disk. Credit: BSIP/UIG Via Getty Images 
Researchers at Stanford University have coaxed brain cells involved in vision to regrow and make functional connections—helping to upend the conventional dogma that mammalian brain cells, once damaged, can never be restored. The work was carried out in visually impaired mice but suggests that human maladies including glaucoma, Alzheimer’s disease and spinal cord injuries might be more repairable than has long been believed./.../

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