Scientists develop cardiac cells using stem cells

Posted: April 13, 2015 at 9:44 pm

For millions of people around the world, who suffer from various diseases, research in stem cells offers a ray of hope. Scientists of the city-based Indian Institute of Science have used stem cells of a mouse to culture cardiac cells.

Explaining the research, Polani B. Seshagiri said their research over the past seven years has helped develop cardiac cells that function and beat in rhythms identical to the original cell.

Speaking on Stem Cell Awareness Day recently, Prof. Seshagiri said stem cells had several advantages and could cure human disorders and diseases, which could not be cured by conventional approaches. However, he warned that there was a need to be aware of the limitations of stem cells.

Sudarshan Ballal, Medical Director, Manipal Health Enterprise, said stem cells had enormous potential as they never die and could be converted into any cell. Stem cells can be converted into organs and maybe years later, organs can be cultivated in labs through stem cell, he said. Elaborating further, he said a stem cell could be compared to a bicycle, which could turn into car, motorbike and spaceship based on the environment and conditions.

Nazeer Ahmed, Deputy Drug Controller of Karnataka, said they were in the process of chalking out regulations for stem cells as there were currently no rules to regulate stem cell research and therapy.

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