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Of stem cells, what would Gandhi say? (2005)

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS FROM THE PAST, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

Of stem cells, what would Gandhi say?
By Pankaj Mishra
Published: MONDAY, AUGUST 22, 2005

LONDON: In 2001, President George W. Bush restricted U.S. federal financing for stem cell research. The decision, which was shaped at least partly by the Republican Party’s evangelical Christian base, and which disappointed many American scientists and businessmen, provoked joy in India.

The weekly newsmagazine India Today, read mostly by the country’s ambitious middle class, spoke of a “new pot of gold” for Indian science and businesses. “If Indians are smart,” the magazine said, American qualms about stem cell research “can open an opportunity to march ahead.”

Just four years later, this seems to have occurred. According to Ernst & Young’s Global Biotechnology Report in 2004, Indian biotechnology companies are expected to grow tenfold in the next five years, creating more than a million jobs. With more than 10,000 highly trained and cheaply available scientists, the country is one of the leading biotechnology powers along with Korea, Singapore, China, Japan, Sweden, Britain and Israel.

A top Indian corporation, the Reliance Group, owns Reliance Life Sciences, which is trying to devise new treatments for diabetes and Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, and create human skin, blood and replacement organs genetically matched to their intended recipients.

Some scientists have even more ambitious ideas. Encouraged by the cloning of a sheep by British scientists in 1996, they plan to do the same with endangered species of Indian lions and cheetahs.
excerpted from http://www.iht.com/articles/2005/08/21/news/india.php?page=1

FREE STEM CELLS IN INDIA

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 8, 2009 at 7:50 am

India’s First Public Stem Cell Bank Opens,

Poor to Get FREE Therapy

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Saturday, February 07, 2009 10:55 PM

(Source: The Times of India)trackingCHENNAI: The country’s first public stem cell bank, which would store stem cells extracted from a newborn’s umbilical cord for common use, was inaugurated here on Thursday. The cells, which are collected from the blood from umbilical cord soon after childbirth, are preserved at -196 degrees Celsius in liquid nitrogen.

While mothers can store the blood for private use for a cost, they would be charged nothing if they donate it to the public bank. These cells are capable of developing into different kinds of cells and tissues, offering new treatment methods for serious disorders including blood cancer.

Member of parliament Kanimozhi inaugurate Jeevan Stem Cell Bank, a unit of Jeevan Blood Bank. “Stem cells have a shelf life of 21 years. As of now, there is 80% cure from stem cell therapy for diseases like blood cancer and Thalassemia. In the future, it may be possible to use these cells to grow damaged tissues or organs. It has a potential of curing more than 70 medical conditions,” said Dr P Srinivasan, managing trustee, Jeevan Blood Bank.

The Bank has assured that it would collect, test, process and store at least 30,000 units of stem cells from cord blood in five years. Under the scheme, 70% of the bank’s capacity will be used for public storage and 30% for private storage to cross subsidise and make it viable. Parents would pay Rs 70,000 to cord blood for 21 years of exclusive use.

“Stem cells from the bank would be made available free of cost for people living below the poverty line. Others will be charged Rs 1 lakh per unit. We have adopted a working model after studying several ones abroad,” said Jeevan Blood Bank medical director Saranya Narayan. The charge, she said, is less than one eighth of that of banks abroad.

…”These cells will be given to any person who needs them, provided there is a tissue match. We will make available a portion of the cells collected for research as well,” said Dr Srinivasan.

(c) 2009 The Times of India. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

Through years of involvement in stem cells I have come to know some of the top stem cell scientists and doctors in the world.   Ask me any questions about treatments that you have and I will either get an answer for you or show you how to get it yourself! -dg

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