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Stem Cell DialoguesA Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry Into Medical Frontiers$
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Sheldon Krimsky

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167482

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167482.001.0001

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Reversing Macular Degeneration

Reversing Macular Degeneration

(p.61) Dialogue 10 Reversing Macular Degeneration
Stem Cell Dialogues

Sheldon Krimsky

Columbia University Press

In this dialogue, Dr. Rebecca Franklin is having a conversation with Ben Townsend, a stem cell scientist, and his mother Barbara Townsend, a professor emeritus in the history of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, regarding the promise of stem cells to treat macular degeneration. Ben is working with a team of ophthalmologists who have spent the last nine years trying to develop stem cells for the treatment of macular degeneration. Barbara is in the early stages of macular degeneration and is preparing an article on stem cell therapy to treat the disease. Here Franklin and the Townsends discuss the first clinical trials for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that Ben and his group have begun; progress in using induced pluripotent stem cells to improve the cells of the macula; and whether gene therapy can be used for AMD.

Keywords:   stem cells, macular degeneration, stem cell therapy, clinical trials, age-related macular degeneration, induced pluripotent stem cells, macula, gene therapy

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