Many eye diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, destroy a layer of cells known as the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). Scientists generally believe that the RPE is non-regenerative - once you lose it, it will not grow back - but a University of Florida study suggests otherwise
. It seems that like brain cells, the RPE really can regenerate under some circumstances. That means we may be able to figure out how to manipulate those circumstances to cure diseases.
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