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Genetic Linkage

Human Embryonic Stem Cells Finally Reach Clinical Trials: Maurie’s Story

October 3, 2012

Tags: human embryonic stem cells, Advanced Cell Technology, Wills Eye Institute, Stargardt Disease, Foundation Fighting Blindness, Maurie Hill

This is what Maurie Hill sees with her left eye covered when observing the eye chart from a meter away (credit: Derek Bove)
On July 11, Wills Eye Institute ophthalmologist Carl Regillo delicately placed 100,000 cells beneath the retina of 52-year-old Maurie Hill’s left eye. She was rapidly losing her vision due to Stargardt disease, an inherited macular dystrophy similar to the much more common dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Maurie’s disease was far along, the normally (more…)

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