Shinya Yamanaka is Japan’s stem cell pioneer and a 2012 Nobel Prize winner. PM Modi met him at the Kyoto University’s stem cell centre lab on his visit to Japan.
The two discussed the possibilities of sickle cell anaemia cure and prospects of cooperation among Indian and Japanese institutes. PM Modi asked Yamanaka to help battle sickle cell anaemia in India, to which the Japanese scientist agreed. The meeting lasted for nearly 30 minutes.
Tokyo and Delhi are now looking at an agreement to help fight the hereditary disorder in which the bodys red blood cells take on a sickle shape, and contain defective haemoglobin. In India, the disease is found mostly commonly among tribals in some parts of Gujarat and Orissa, as well as in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattigarh.