Japan govt approves stem cell clinical trials


TOKYO: Japan’s government on Friday gave its seal of approval to the world’s first clinical trials using stem cells harvested from a patient’s own body. Health Minister Norihisa Tamura signed off on a proposal by two research institutes that will allow them to begin tests aimed at treating age-related macular degeneration, a common medical condition that causes blindness in older people, using “induced Pluripotent Stem cells”.


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