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optic cup

n. Embryology
A two-walled cuplike depression, formed by invagination of the optic vesicle, that develops into the pigmented and sensory layers of the retina. Also called eyecup.
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Noun1.optic cup - (embryology) a two-walled cuplike depression that develops into the pigmented and sensory layers of the retina
caliculus, calycle, calyculus - a small cup-shaped structure (as a taste bud or optic cup or cavity of a coral containing a polyp)
embryology - the branch of biology that studies the formation and early development of living organisms
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In fact, the scientists didn't even know quite how optic cups developed until Sasai and his team watched it happen spontaneously in the lab.
Masayo Takahashi, an ophthalmologist on Sasai's team, has already started transferring sheets of retina from lab-grown optic cups into blind mice in hopes of restoring their vision, and she plans to do the same with monkeys by the year end.
Meanwhile, Yoshiki Sasai and colleagues at the RIKEN Centre for Developmental Biology in Kobe , reported that they had managed to induce human stem cells called "retinal precursor cells" to develop into a central component of the human eye called an optic cup.