New stem cells discovered in the eye may aid development of glaucoma therapy

Written by Harriet Wall

New stem cells discovered in the eye may aid development of glaucoma therapy

A team of scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM; MD, USA) has reported the discovery of novel stem cells in the optic nerve – transmitting from the eye to the brain. This discovery could open a new avenue of therapy for eye diseases such as glaucoma. Their study was recently published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “We believe these cells, called neural progenitor cells, are present in the optic nerve tissue at birth and remain for decades, helping to nourish the nerve fibers that form the optic nerve,” explained Steven Bernstein,...

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