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Blood cancer is curable: Japanese scientist

Published on Mon 9th Nov 2009 10:32:31

Chennai, November 9 :

Stem cell developed in labs could help in treating some types of blood cancer in the near future, renowned Japenese stem cell scientist Dr Yukio Nakamura says.

Blood cancers such as aplastic aneamia (a deficiency of red blood cells) and thalassemia (an inherited form of anaemia caused by faulty synthesis of haemoglobin) can be treated by the stem cell technology.

"The technology, developed by Japanese scientists, does not involve usage of embryonic stem cells and therefore, is devoid of ethical conflicts", Nakamura, a world renowned stem cell scientist and head of Bio Resources Centre, Riken Institute, Japan told PTI here.

Nakamura was in the city recently to participate in an international stem cell meet, organised by the Nichi-In Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), a Indo-Japan joint venture institute.

Explaining about the stem cell process, he said "after eliminating blood cancer cells by anti-cancer chemicals, normal hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) are also eliminated.

Thus, HSC transplantation is necessary. Since HSCs are present in bone marrow or umbilical cord blood in the human being, bone marrow transplantation or umbilical cord blood transplantation is useful. "Since HSCs can be produced from embryonic stem cells, it can be applied in the clinic for therapy of blood cancer".

with PTI inputs


- Courtesy Zopag News, 09 Nov 2009 issue.
*"Nichi" stands for Japan and "In" stands for India. This institute started on an Indo-Japan collaboration now has spreaded further with global alliances
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