Silkworm Cocoon Implants

Patient Lucia Giaccio recently brought in an article that aired on ABC last December and wanted us to share it with you all.

Silkworm cocoons could be the answer to preventing millions of people from going blind around the world.  Researchers at Brisbane’s Queensland Eye Institute are breaking down the insects’ silk cocoons to make fibroid cells which are implanted into the eye.

Researchers are using the silk as a support for the cells, so they can attach and grow and then be transplanted into the eye.

If successful, it could help people diagnosed with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), which is predicted to affect 196 million people worldwide by 2020.