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India and Japan sign agreement to collaborate on stem cell research

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India’s Department of Biotechnology announced that it has implemented a cooperative program with Japan to accelerate the application of stem cell technology in human disease with four institutions from India participating with the Centre for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University, Japan, as international partner.

The aim of the program is to develop infrastructure and the expertise for India to be a competitive force in the field of regenerative medicine and induced pluripotent stem cell biology. The collaboration will focus on developing treatments for sickle cell anemia, β- thalassemia and brain disorders and creating haplobank relevant to Indian population.

The agreement was an expansion of an existing research agreement between the two nations.

Learn more:

http://www.dbtindia.nic.in/indo-japan-collaboration/
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-japan-sign-pact-on-stem-cell-research/article19678199.ece