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First patients enroll in stem cell trials on blindness

WASHINGTON — The first clinical trials that examine the use of stem cells to treat two forms of blindness are ready to begin now that patients have been enrolled, a US company announced on Thursday. A total of 24 patients have entered two separate trials at an eye institute in…

US starts human blindness trial using stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells will be tested as a treatment for blindness, a US company announced Monday in the second such clinical trial to examine how the controversial process works in people. Just 12 adult patients will take part in the trial to see how the treatment using retinal cells…