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ITALY – In 2008, 10,000 Couples Abroad To Store Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

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A Swiss company present in Italy that collects and stores umbilical cord stem cells, about 10,000 Italian mothers by the end of the year will have deposited their children’s umbilical cord stem cells in foreign banks, double compared to 2007. They said, “Just two years ago about 1,500 families decided to deposit their children’s umbilical cord stem cells in banks. In 2007, requests for this service tripled, reaching 5,000 and in 2008. There will be about 10,000 new cryostorages in order to make stem cells available in the future (illegal in Italy).
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ITALY – Fat Stem Cells Ideal to Repair Heart

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Not all stem cells are ‘good’ at aiding the heart in repairing itself after a heart attack. Apparently, ‘baby cells’ present in human fat are the best equipped to perform this task and could be used in human testing by the end of 2009. “ We have seen that a simple stem cell transplant into a heart after a heart-attack is not sufficient. There are different types of stem cells that are better adapted to aiding the heart in the healing process. Instead of hematopoietic stem cells used in initial studies, mesenchymal
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ITALY – Rita Levi Montalcini: I discovered stem cells in the 40s

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Rita Levi Montalcini discovered stem cells in the 40s and 50s while studying nerve growth factor (NGF), for which she later won a Nobel Prize.
“We discovered stem cells before they became so important,” said Montalcini in Rome, also speaking on behalf of her collaborators at an event in her honor at the Accademia dei Lincei. “We called them tanycytes and we noticed that they had the ability to react with and were very receptive to NGF.”

Endocrinologist Luciano Martini introduced Montalcini at the event: “The importance of stem cells today is largely due to the work of
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