How the NHS Changed our world: Tyneside’s Genetic Pioneers on BBC 1 (North East and Cumbria)

As the NHS marks its 70th birthday, the BBC explores the genetic advances changing the face of medicine, including the extraordinary science that helped a blind man to see again. Prof Linda Lako, Scientific Founder of Newcells Biotech discusses how iPSCs can be used for regenerative purposes such as on the retina. To watch the full video click here https://bbc.in/2K8VzP9

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Newcells Biotech Ltd. RPE Model to Improve Drug Retinal Toxicity Assessment

Retinal toxicity is an adverse side effect that can cause (usually irreversible) deterioration of a person’s vision, when taking certain medication. This has been seen for example in people taking Hydroxychloroquine for Malaria due to toxicity to the retinal cells.  The retinal pigmented epithelium (RPE) is