Scientists 3D-print cornea with human stem cell, algae

Jun 01, 2018, 8:08 AM EDT
(Source: Frank Boston/flickr)
(Source: Frank Boston/flickr)

In a world first, the researchers at the Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have discovered a way to 3D-print artificial cornea using algae and human stem cells from the cornea of a healthy donor.

The breakthrough, although just a proof-of-concept, sets the stage for novel techniques to develop low-cost, easy-to-produce, bionic eyes, offering new hope to millions of visually impaired people whose last resort is a surgery, writes Digital Trends.

It will still take some time and effort to get 3D-printed corneas ready for implantation in people, unless researchers fix compatibility and other functional attributes, notes Live Science.