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Curve-eye-ture: how to grow artificial corneas

Scientists at Newcastle University, UK have developed a new method to grow curved human corneas improving the quality and transparency - solely by controlling the behaviour of cells in a dish.

The research carried out with colleagues at the University of California and published in Advanced Biosystems has revealed that corneal cells isolated from human donors and grown on curved surfaces arrange themselves in a very regular lattice-like organisation.

Cells grown this way achieve the precise alignment that gives the human cornea its strength and transparency. This new technique may revolutionise how artificial tissues are traditionally grown in laboratories around the world.

You can read the full press release on the University press office page.

Professor Che Connon in lab
Professor Che Connon

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