IN SEPTEMBER 2006 India's first stem cell transplant center was opened in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, by a private company called LifeCell, in collaboration with United States—based Cryo—Cell Inc. This center marks another milestone in Indian efforts to stay on top of this burgeoning medical trend without getting entangled in ethical controversies.

The medical and economic potential of stem cell research has long been recognized, and measures are slowly being put in place to establish India as a reliable supplier of stem cell—related resources. Guidelines regulating stem cell therapy and research have been set in place, and efforts have begun toward establishing a national network of stem cell researchers and research centers.

Indian research in stem cells includes work in both embryonic and adult stem cells and basic ...

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