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Growing Human Corneas in the Lab

Science  10 Dec 1999:
Vol. 286, Issue 5447, pp. 2051-2053
DOI: 10.1126/science.286.5447.2051b

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On page 2169, a team of cell biologists report that they have used lines of cultured human cornea cells to fashion the first working equivalent of a human cornea. Although the engineered cornea is far from ready for use in human transplants, it should come in handy for research, experts say. And for toxicologists, the artificial tissue is a sight for sore eyes, potentially offering a new way to conduct safety tests and thus reduce the use of animals.

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