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BBC: Human Trials to Start for Stem Cell Treatment for Blindness

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An American biotech company has just announced that it has been licensed to begin human trials of a stem cell treatment for blindness.

Advanced Cell Technology is trying to treat Stargadt’s Macular Dystrophy, a disease which affects 25,000 people in the US and can leave victims blinded as children.

This is only the second time a human stem cell treatment has been cleared for human trials.

The World Today’s Max Pearson spoke to the company’s chief scientific officer, Dr Robert Lanza, about the process which is now going to be put to human trial.

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Robert Lanza takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

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"Before I did the #icebucketchallenge, I challenged the leader of Advanced Cell Technology (ACT), Dr. Bob Lanza, to do the Ice Bucket Challenge. He did it and leading up to it he provided a quite articulate message for context (see video). Bob is one very cool guy even without ice water."
Paul Knoepfler

Entire Company takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. Click Here to See Video.