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A major challenge in the treatment of retinal degenerative diseases, with the transplantation of replacement photoreceptors, is the difficulty in inducing the grafted cells to grow and maintain light sensitive outer segments in the host retina, which depends on proper interaction with the underlying retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). For a RPE-independent treatment approach, we introduced a hyperpolarizing microbial opsin into photoreceptor precursors from new-born mice, and transplanted themdoi:10.1101/399725 fatcat:ak3jd6rxlbeqbj5pw6dhd5c3ey