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Shot in the arm for stem cell research

As research into regenerative therapies gains focus across the world, the government has decided to give a booster dose to stem cell-related studies and banking through a regulation. For this, a high-level committee has been formed for monitoring clinical trials and enforcing ethical guidelines.

The committee will have the responsibility to examine the scientific, technical, ethical, legal and social issues in the area of stem cell research, therapy and banking. Even though India worked out the fundamental guidelines for stem cell research more than two years ago, an effective surveillance system for the highly complex research has to be put in place. The Indian market has now opened up for collaborative projects because of government-authorised trials for stem cell-based therapies.

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