Would stem cells be able to restore damage caused by rhesus disease?

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Libby Pickworth asked the Naked Scientists:
I have damage to the optic nerve as a result of rhesus disease. I have read much in the news about the potential prospects of stem cell therapy, but recall from my as-level biology classes that nerve cells are specialized in certain respects, and therefore difficult to clone or regenerate. Is it worth placing my hopes on this kind of treatment?

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What do you think?
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