The eye is a complicated, fascinating and important organ. Historical records indicate that the Hindus of ancient India began performing cataract surgeries as early as the fifth century BC and that both the Egyptian and Greek civilizations had developed procedures for treating various forms of blindness. Two thousand years later, we continue to look for ways to improve and restore sight, with new techniques and understanding. One of the current areas of research involves retinal stem cells and the video below provides a fantastic glimpse into where these special cells can be found as well as one approach to treatment, currently being investigated by the Derek van der Kooy lab in Toronto.
Our regular feature, Right Turn, showcases the “lighter” side of stem cells and regenerative medicine. Every Friday, we will bring you cartoons, photos, videos and other content that may be just as thought provoking as the written submissions that you are used to finding here, but they definitely won’t be blogs.
As always, we welcome your feedback and we also welcome suitable submissions. Be creative! Use the right (!) side of your brain. Make us laugh! Let’s see if we can make this new direction a positive one for all of us. Send your submission to info(at)ccrm.ca.
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