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Written on Jan, 04, 2018 by in , ,

Anyone who follows popular science news will have noticed that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have gained traction in recent years. Alleviating chronic back pain, enabling stroke sufferers to walk again, manmade tracheas and a cure for Crohn’s disease – these are just some of the potential applications for MSCs that have made the news.

But what are MSCs and what is all the fuss about?

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Written on Dec, 17, 2017 by in , ,

Have you heard of the retinal pigment epithelium?

Well, the retinal pigment epithelium (or RPE) is located at the interface between the light-sensitive outer parts of the visual cells (photoreceptors) in the retina and the blood supply of the choroid in the eye (Figure 1). The choroid is a primarily vascular structure that lies between the retina and the sclera (white of the eye), and supplies blood to the outer part of the retina.

With its location, the RPE forms the outer blood-retinal barrier.  (more…)

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