Hyderabad: Artificial corneas could become areality in the next 4-5 years with a premier researchorganisation here saying that it should be possible to achievea breakthrough in developing them and put an end to relianceon eye donations. Director of the Centre for Cellular and MolecularBiology (CCMB) Mohan Rao said two layers of the cornea havealready been developed and the remaining part, which is cruxof the cornea, will take substantial time and the success ofthe project may see an end of eye donation era in the country.
The CCMB is also engaged in stem cell research in whichstem cells are produced in large numbers and can be used intherapeutic usage which is at the moment not possible. "There is possibility that the stem cells can be used forany person and taken from anyone. In that case also, we willneed large quantities. We are developing nano technologyapproaches for this purpose," the CCMB chief said. He said so far there is no such system where stem cellscan be preserved for a longer period. PTI
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