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Republic of Ireland approves stem cell production

By Ed Carty

Stem cells for human use are to be made in a university lab in the first medical programme of its kind in Ireland.

Scientists behind the new facility at the National University of Ireland Galway will aim to produce adult cells to combat conditions like arthritis, heart disease and diabetes.

Stem cells created at the lab will be used in clinical trials following regulatory approval – the first of which is to test their effects on critical limb ischemia, a common complication associated with diabetes which often results in amputation.

They can be programmed to grow into any type of cell in the body, but with the advancement of science, adult skin cells are now being used to create a stem cell that is very similar to embryonic versions.

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