The Sawai Man Singh - medical college here will set up a stem cell research laboratory by April to undertake research in biotechnology, genetics and stem cells.
The laboratory, to be part of an advance research laboratory to come up in the state government-run institute, has been taken up under an Rs.70 million-project approved by the central government’s department of science and technology.
Ashok Pangariya, principal of the SMS college, told IANS: ‘Not only would it enhance the diagnostic facilities in the city, the stem cell research would also make treatment of degenerative diseases easier.’
A proposal comprising as many as six projects on stem cell research had been sent to the Indian Council of Medical Research -. ICMR has already approved the first phase of the project.
The research projects sent to ICMR cover spinal cord injury, cancer, plastic surgery, urology, the cornea and multiple sclerosis.
Medical researchers believe that stem cell therapy has the potential to radically change the treatment of human diseases. A number of adult stem cell therapies exist, particularly bone marrow transplants.
A multi-disciplinary committee has also been constituted under the chairmanship of Adarsh Bhargava - to look into the ethical, legal, scientific and technical issues related to stem cell research.