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‘Animal-human’ cornea transplant by Chinese doctors


BEIJING: Doctors of Shandong Eye Institute in China, on Monday, declared  the successful operation of a bio-engineered pig cornea into a human eye.

“The patient’s vision has gradually improved after a three month recovery period, which means the transplant was a success,” said Zhai Hualei, director of Shandong Eye Institute’s cornea division.

Wang Xinyi, 60, was suffering  from  corneal ulcer. He could only see moving objects within 10 cm.

“The doctors originally told me that my father might lose sight in one eye because there are not enough cornea donations,” Wang’s son said.

The transplant used a bio-engineered cornea named Acornea, the first such product to be licensed by the China Food and Drug Administration in April.

“With the pig cornea as the main material, the product is devoid of cells, hybrid proteins, and other antigens. It retains a natural collagen structure with remarkable bio-compatibility and biological safety,” said Zhai.

Cornea diseases are one of the biggest causes of blindness in China. New cases are increasing by 100,000 each year, however, only about 5,000 people receive a cornea transplant annually.

Beijing Tongren Hospital and Wuhan Xiehe Hospital, among others, have been conducting clinical trials of Acornea since 2010, recording a success rate of 94.44 percent, similar to the results seen with donated human corneas.(IANS),(Image:

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Apple’s Tim Cook urges calm amid US, China trade war fears

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world's top two economies over import tariffs

Tim cook urges peace between USA and China. IANS
  • Tim Cook urges peace between China and USA
  • There are possibilities of a trade war
  • There is lots of tension between the two nations

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Saturday urged China and the US to stay calm amid fears of a possible trade war between the world’s top two economies over import tariffs.

Tension between the two countries mounted after US President Donald Trump announced tariffs on up to $60 billion worth of Chinese goods annually to counter Beijing’s allegedly unfair trade practices in the technology sector.

the tension between the two countries is growing thick.

“I’m aware that in both the cases of US and China, there have been cases where everyone hasn’t benefited, where the benefit hasn’t been balanced,” Cook said on the sidelines of the China Development Forum, which is being held from March 24 to 26 in Beijing.

“My belief is that one plus one equals three,” he was cited as saying by Xinhua news agency, adding that “the pie gets larger if working together”. The US government had previously announced tariffs of 10 and 25 per cent on steel and aluminium imports respectively.

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In response to these tariffs, China had announced it was considering tariffs of up to $3 billion on imports of some US goods to compensate for losses caused by the US government’s heavy tariffs on steel and aluminium products from China.

China had also threatened to file a complaint with the World Trade Organization, citing the new US tariff package as possible interference in international trade practices. Cook called countries to embrace openness, trade and diversity, hoping that “calm heads will prevail” in trade relations between China and the US.

More attention should be paid to inequality and the reasons behind it, which over time will “lift everyone up”, he said. The back-to-back announcements of tariffs in Washington and Beijing had a negative impact on stock markets worldwide, many of which closed in the red on Friday, including Dow Jones at Wall Street, that fell 1.77 per cent. IANS

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