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ICMR set to release guidelines on stem cell research

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Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is set to bring in regulations for stem cell therapy and banking to prevent misuse. The idea is to have standards laid out for research, clinical use and storage.

The Government is planning to streamline things as large number of complaints came to the fore regarding misuse of stem cell therapy. The regulations are likely to be released by January-end, as per a Economic Times report.

“Niti Aayog and the PMO are keen on these guidelines given the increasing use of stem cells and the need to keep a watch on it,” a senior ICMR official was quoted by the report.

The regulations will have clear guidelines about stem cell therapy including which disease requires the technique and then how to use it properly.

The research body will also issue separate guidelines for storage or banking of stem cells, the official said.

ICMR, the government’s apex research body, has also asked doctors and scientists to share scientific evidence on clinical efficacy of stem cells in any disease condition or disorder in their specialties.

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