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According to a release, scientists from Boston’s Schepens Eye Research Institute are the first to use stem cells derived from adult skin to regrow areas of the retina and increase vision.

In a study published this month, first author Budd A. Tucker said that he and principle investigator Michael J. Young took skin cells from the tails of rats and used chemical processes to turn them into “induced pluripotent stem cells,” then guided them into becoming precursor cells for retinal neurons.

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