That is, if the method is perfected within the next few years. Better known as the key ingredient in bread, scientists have found a new use for the fungi after a genetically engineered yeast got a small dose of human DNA. What came out was a protein that could be molded into a spare cornea.
Though still being tested via surgical operations, the potential of yeast-corneas is vast. Imagine the countless multitudes of half blind senior citizens and regular people afflicted with curable impaired vision who could be done a world of good by a simple cornea swap.
Hopefully when it does enter the medical mainstream, it won’t be too pricey and become exclusive to those who can afford it. Aid groups like Doctors Without Borders, etc. can bring the technology places where it will be of the biggest help.
The lovely people at Reuters were the first to report on this and a nice video can be viewed here. (Be warned of gruesomeness though.)
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