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Military College to Set Up Stem Cell Research Centre

Asia's biggest state-of-the-art stem cell research centre is being planned at the Pune-based Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC) campus to treat diseases//, a general says.

"Stem cell therapy is the futuristic regenerative or reparative medicine. It will be the futuristic treatment replacing drug therapy and surgery. Through stem cell treatment, heart diseases, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, eye and muscle disease and various other diseases can be cured," Surgeon Vice Admiral V.K. Singh, the Armed Forces Medical Services director general, told IANS.

A sum of Rs.500 million has been allocated for the proposed stem cell research centre. About 150 scientists from Pune's Cell Science Research Centre will be engaged in research and application. Currently, 28 scientists are researching on stem cells in Pune, 10 in New Delhi and seven in Mumbai, he added. Admiral Singh, also chairman of Military Medicine Association (Asia Chapter), said funding would be made available to make it Asia's biggest state-of-the-art stem cell research centre as this was the future of medical treatment/therapy for various diseases and India could not lag behind.

He said the longevity of humans could also be increased through stem cell treatment. "Stem cells are one of the most fascinating areas of the study of biology. Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different cell types in the body with a more specialised function such as a muscle cell, a heart muscle cell, a red blood cell or a brain cell," Singh told IANS after his keynote address at a 'Stem Cell Therapy' seminar organised by the Department of Transfusion Medicine, AFMC.

Stem cell treatment is a new technique that relies on replacing diseased or dysfunctional cells with healthy, functioning ones. "These new techniques are being applied to a wide range of human diseases, including many types of cancer, neurological diseases like Parkinson's
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