Stem Cell Research Centre by Banaras Hindu University

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Stem cells are biological cells found in all multicellular organisms, which can divide and differentiate into diverse specialized cell types and can self-renew to produce more stem cells. In adults, stem cells act as a repair system for the body, replenishing adult tissues. Stem cells can differentiate into all the specialized cells, but also maintain the normal turnover of regenerative organs, such as blood, skin and intestinal tissues.

Banaras Hindu University (BHU) has decided to establish the Stem Cell Research and Bone Marrow Transplantation Centre. They are the first one to start with such kind of research centre. An estimated cost is of 60 crores in total, out of which the equipments will be worth Rs 40 crore approximately. It will be ready for use by 2014.

The Vice Chancellor of BHU said that the University will have a sophisticated Center like the stem research centre in Hyderabad and Mumbai, meant for inter-disciplinary research for development of new technology in stem cells. It will offer to be a centralised place where researchers from other life sciences departments as well as Indian Institute of Technology and BHU will be able to carry out research. Also, there are not many centres in the country that carry out such stem cell research. In Uttar Pradesh, though there is sporadic research going on, no such organised state of theĀ  art facility is available. But the new center will create a path for new research, he adds.