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LifeCell searching funds for public stem cell banking

Chennai-based LifeCell International, India’s largest umbilical cord stem cell bank is looking at raising funds for its new venture public stem cell banking. The company said the funds will be used for infrastructure, expansion and marketing.

The public stem cell banking—which will allow anyone to receive stem cells that match their requirements from a storage facility—is being implemented through LifeCell Foundation, a non-profit venture.

LifeCell has already raised Rs 18 crore. Of this, Shriram group chairman R Thiagarajan, one of the promoters of LifeCell, has contributed Rs 2.5 crore and Mayur Abhaya, MD & CEO of LifeCell, has given 2.5 crore
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Stem cell population may hold colon cancer clues

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers have identified a new population of intestinal stem cells that may hold clues to the origin of colorectal cancer.

This new stem cell population, reported March 30 in the journal Cell, appears to be relatively quiescent (inactive) – in contrast to the recent discovery of intestinal stem cells that multiply rapidly — and is marked by a protein, Lrig1, that may act as a “brake” on cell growth and proliferation.

The researchers have also developed a new and clinically relevant mouse model of colorectal cancer that investigators can now use to better understand where and how the
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Stem cell therapy helps paralysed man walk

For nearly three years, Sundar (26) was waiting to be told that he could to regain control of his bladder and move around. Sundar, who fell off a tree, injured his spine and was paralyzed below the navel. In 2011, when doctors at Laksha Hospital in Chennai told him there was hope in the stem cell therapy trials, he signed the consent form.

Mumbai-based Dr B S Rajput, consultant orthopaedic and stem cell transplant surgeon at Breach Candy Hospital, told him he would inject stem cells drawn from his own body into him to repair the shredded network of nerves
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USA – New Hope to Treat ALS from Stem Cells

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New hope in treating Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, an incurable neurological disease, which is particularly frequent in former soccer players, may come from stem cells. Nicholas Maragakis and his colleagues from the Johns Hopkins University of Medicine in Baltimore in the United States, have successfully conducted an important experiment in mice. In a study published in the online edition of ‘Nature Neuroscience’, the American researchers transplanted precursor cells called astrocytes, which function as support cells for neurons, into the mice with ALS. This allow the mice to survive for much longer.

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Adult Stem Cells Help Minnesota Man’s Angina and Heart Disease

Stem Cell Research Debate-Heart Disease Can Be Helped Now
While much of the United States is focused on the debate of Embryonic Stem Cell research versus Adult Stem Cell research, not much attention is given to patients benefiting from Adult Stem Cells right now. The number of patients helped by stem cell therapy for heart […]