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Monday, May 18, 2009

Stem cell research into blindness given boost by drug company

British stem cell research into the commonest form of blindness has been given a major boost after the world's biggest drug company backed the work.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Last Updated: 8:48PM
BST 24 Apr 2009

Scientists at University College London teamed up with Pfizer to develop a treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that affects more than 500,000 people in Britain.

The deal will help the research team to turn its scientific discoveries into treatments for AMD, which causes loss of sight through progressive loss of cells in the retina.

The UCL group, led by Professor Pete Coffey, has already used embryonic stem cells to grow eye tissue that is destroyed in AMD and has transplanted it into animals to reverse eye damage from the disease.

Prof Coffey's team intends to begin patient trials in 2010 or 2011 and will receive funding and back up from the drug company who in turn will have the right to exploit commercially any cure.

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