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A method to generate multilayered retinal tissue from human embryonic stem cells, developed by a Japanese biological research unit and Sumitomo Chemical Co., has been published in the June 13 edition of the U.S. scientific journal Cell Stem Cell.

It is the first time multilayered retinal tissue has been developed from human ESCs. In the article, the research team at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology and Sumitomo Chemical said, “We demonstrate that an optic cup structure can form by self-organization in human ESC culture.”

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