In a major step in stem cell research in India, the Tamilnadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) researchers have signed a memorandum of understanding with Nichi-in Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM).
Both will work for the treatment of animals through stem cell-based therapy and regenerative surgery. Two cell projects the establishment of buffalo embryonic stem cell lines and mesenchymal stem cell therapy on induced mice skin and burn wounds funded by the centre’s department of biotechnology are functioning at the Madras Veterinary College.
The two institutes, in future, aim at prolonging the life of an animal using stem cells harvested from the same patient to treat various conditions and to establish an animal stem cell bank on the TANUVAS campus. They also hope to work together on induced pluripotent stem cells, through which pluripotent stem cells can be derived without killing an embryo, and on hematopoietic stem cells to explore the possibility of extending the life span of pets.