Researchers find way to restore sight in blind mice

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Researchers find way to restore sight in blind mice

January 8, 2013 Updated Jan 8, 2013 at 11:21 AM CDT

OXFORD, UK -- British scientists say they've found a way to restore sight in totally blind mice, using a treatment that may one day work in humans.

A team from the University of Oxford injected light sensing cells into the eyes of blind mice that were unable to tell the difference between light and dark.

Two weeks after the injections, the cells formed new, reconstructed retinas, restoring the sight of the mice.

However, researchers say it's unclear what quality of vision the injections provide.

More studies are underway using human embryonic stem cells, but it will be several years before there are reliable results.

This study was published in the 'Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences' journal.

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