Stem Cell Research In India

DNA Mumbai takes a glancing look at stem cell research in India: "There are about 15 laboratories across India in cities like Hyderabad, Pune, Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai engaged in stem cell research and clinical applications. ... The LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad has been working with stem cells since 2001. 'We have been using limbal stem cells from the eye to treat damaged corneas and have had 70 per cent success in treating over 250 cases' ... In a recent experiment, the Delhi-based All India Medical Institute of Medical Sciences injected stem cells derived from bone marrow into 35 cardiac patients ... The patients were brought in at a critical stage when they were beyond bypass surgery and could have survived only with a transplant ... Sixty-four per cent showed improvement over 18 months."



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