New measurements reveal differences between different stem cells for treating retinal degeneration


St. Jude scientists use new methods to show that one type of stem cell is superior to another for treating retinal degeneration, in research that could significantly advance such treatments. Stem cell research is one of the most fascinating areas of contemporary biology, but, as with many expanding fields of scientific inquiry, research on stem cells raises scientific questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries. Although stem cell treatments for retinal degeneration have made it as far as clinical trials, it remains unclear whether the stem cell source affects the production of differentiated cells suitable for transplantation.