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Researchers from Australia's University of Sydney (USYD) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) revealed the success of a long-term trial of a new bionic eye prototype

Researchers from Australia's University of Sydney (USYD) and the University of New South Wales (UNSW) revealed the success of a long-term trial of a new bionic eye prototype. The research, published in science journal Biomaterials on Wednesday, showed how the team's "Phoenix 99" bionic eye, which has the capability to restore a form of vision in patients with severe vision impairments and blindness, was successfully implanted in a sheep model.

The team of biomedical researchers said the response and healing in the sheep subject left them feeling confident that the device was ready to be trialed in human patients, Xinhua news agency. "Importantly, we found the device has a very low impact on the neurons required to 'trick' the brain," said Samuel Eggenberger, a biomedical engineer at USYD and contributor on the project. "There were no unexpected reactions from the tissue around the device and we expect it could safely remain in place for many years."

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