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  1. Lasker/IRRF Report On Restoring Vision

    I participated in the Lasker/IRRF Initiative on Restoring Vision to the Blind in March 2014. It was a great session of research leaders working on various approaches to restore visual function lost by retinal degenerative disease. The purpose of the meeting was to identify the key issues hampering research progress and to develop innovative proposals […]

    Feb 27, 2015 — Read more No Comments
  2. Notable Papers: An Easier Way To Make Stem Cells?

    We’ve talked about work out of the RIKEN Institute before here on Webvision.  The work that comes out of there is clever and often unconventional.  The latest work from the RIKEN that seems to have gotten a bit of attention is two recent papers from Haruko Obokata and colleagues, here and here that discuss almost inconceivably simple […]

    Feb 15, 2014 — Read more No Comments
  3. Notable Papers: Self-organizing optic-cup morphogenesis in three-dimensional culture

    I was blown away by this paper out of the Sasai laboratory at the Riken Center for Developmental Biology.  Essentially, the Sasai laboratory is trying to recapitulate the developmental process of the retina in a test tube in isolation from the rest of the live animal.  Its a stunning development that appears to demonstrate bilayered optic […]

    Apr 14, 2011 — Read more 1 Comment