Newcastle Scientists Eye-Up Cornea 'Breakthrough'

Source: BBC News

Friday, October 20, 2017 | Cornea , Medical Studies


Artificial corneas have been grown using a new method described as "revolutionary." Scientists at Newcastle University have developed a process they say makes them fit better and offer better vision, according to a report in BBC.

Lead researcher and Professor of Tissue Engineering Che Connon said this had "never been seen before". Cells grown on a curved rather than flat surface were "crawling over the dome in a lattice-like structure, similar to a pie crust", he said. The cells produced "large amounts" of aligned collagen in the same way it is found in a human eye, Prof Connon said.

"There were no easy ways to recreate it in a dish - until now," he added.

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