The Financial Express notes public funding initiatives for human embryonic stem cell (ESC) research in India: "He said that at the national level, the scientists, in order to carry out human ESC research activities, have identified six city clusters across India. They are - New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Vellore. These clusters will involve researchers exchanging ideas and carrying out research activities in the field of basic and applied sciences. ... Besides India, stem cell research activity is being carried out in the US, Korea and Japan, and our country remains an active practitioner of human ESC research activities."