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THE PHARMA REVIEW (MAY 2010)

Best Out of Waste: Stems Cell from Menstrual Blood

Astha Jaiswal, Vartika Mahajan, Aastha Chhabra, Rachana

Introduction
The field of stem cells has been very hot since they were discovered in 1964. There are many important applications of stem cells in the area of regenerative medicine such as: treatment of cancer and production of organ/tissue for transplant/replacement etc. Extensive research is going on in this discipline in terms of their applications, feasibility of their use for different purposes, and possibilities of breaking the barriers of genus, species and individuals, to increase the usability of one type of stem cells in other types of organisms. In-depth research is going on to find out new different sources for these cells. Predominant sources to isolate stem cells are: umbilical cord of the infant and the bone marrow. Stem cells isolated from embryos have various ethical issues involved.1 The various sources found so far have few limitations such as: availability of a limited amount and restriction to the individual/his family for use. Scientists are trying to isolate/ induce stem cells from highly specialized organs/ tissues as well. Now days, a new source is also being explored and that is the menstrual blood. This research is at its infant stage and a few facts about this issue are being discussed in this article.

 

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