Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Progress of China's Stem Cell Research

Impressive Scope of Chinese Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research Tuesday, 05 August 2008 To get an assessment of how extensive and serious stem cell research has become in China proper, it is only to look through the proceedings from Shanghai International Symposium on Stem Cell Research, held in November 2007, and published in Cell Research (Volume 18, Issue S1, August 2008) today. The organisers write: “the topics of the representations covered: adult stem cells; embryonic stem cells; stem cell niche and regulation; reprogramming, epigenetics and cloning; directed stem cell differentiation; stem cells and diseases; global issues of stem cell research: ethics, international collaborations and publications.” Several hundreds of Chinese researchers (and Chinese born scientists from other countries) participated in the meeting, which show a truly impressive wide range and scope of the Chinese efforts in stem cell research and regenerative medicine. The symposium was co-organized by the Key Laboratory of Stem Cell Biology, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences; the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS); Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine; Fudan University; Beijing University Stem Cell Research Center; and Guangzhou Institutes of Health and BioMedicine of CAS, together with the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). This is in stark contrast to the recently held China Stem Cell Technology Forum in Taizhou (see Stem Cell Forum in China Demonstrate Cutting Edge Research), which only tried to promote the questionable practices of Beike Biotechnology Co., Ltd.. Reference: Abstracts from 2007 Shanghai International Symposium on Stem Cell Research Cell Research Volume 18, Issue S1, August 2008 ......... ZenMaster

For more on stem cells and cloning, go to CellNEWS at http://cellnews-blog.blogspot.com/ and http://www.geocities.com/giantfideli/index.html

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