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Genea Stem Cells 25 new disease-specific pluripotent stem cell lines now commercially available

January 15, 2013
Genea Stem Cells , a prominent entity in the field of stem cell research and development, has recently achieved a significant milestone in the advancement of medical science. The organization has successfully added 25 new pluripotent stem cell lines to the USA National Institute of Health (NIH) human stem cell registry. This development marks a pivotal moment in the realm of stem cell therapy for disease-specific human stem cell research, offering new avenues for exploration and discovery in medical science.

These 25 newly registered stem cell lines are not just a numerical addition to the registry; they represent a diverse array of disease-specific embryonic pluripotent stem cells now available for broader use in the scientific community. Their inclusion in the NIH registry signifies their availability for commercial and research purposes, potentially revolutionizing the approach to understanding and treating various diseases.

Dr. Uli Schmidt, the General Manager of GSC, expressed optimism about the acceptance of many of their lines by the NIH. Dr. Schmidt anticipates a significant commercial uptake of these cell lines, which he describes as “perfect in vitro research tools.” This expectation stems from the unique characteristics and potential applications of these stem cell lines in advancing medical research.

Among the 25 cell lines, one is a disease-free pluripotent cell line, which serves as a crucial control in research. The remaining 24 lines each carry individual mutations that are linked to a range of severe diseases. These include prevalent conditions like cancer and cystic fibrosis, as well as rarer genetic disorders such as Trisomy 5, macular dystrophy, incontinentia pigmenti, juvenile retinoschisis, alpha thalassemia, and autosomal dominant torsion dystonia. The diversity of these cell lines opens up new possibilities for research into a wide spectrum of diseases, some of which have limited treatment options.

A key aspect of these stem cell lines is that they are genetically unmodified, providing a more natural basis for research. This attribute is crucial for ensuring the reliability and applicability of research findings. Additionally, GSC has emphasized that all these cell lines were derived in strict adherence to international regulatory and ethical guidelines. This commitment to ethical standards not only reinforces the credibility of the research conducted using these cell lines but also aligns with the global emphasis on responsible scientific practices.

The inclusion of these 25 new pluripotent stem cell lines in the NIH registry is a testament to the ongoing efforts and dedication of researchers and organizations like Genea Stem Cells in pushing the boundaries of medical science. It underscores the potential of stem cell research in unraveling the complexities of various diseases and paves the way for innovative treatments and therapies that could significantly impact global health.

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