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Italy amends law to allow Stem Cell Therapy!

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On the 22nd of May 2013, the Italian Senate took a bold and first-of-its-kind step in promoting stem cell therapy. After a public and media uproar against the therapy, the ruling party temporarily allowed patients who were already undergoing this therapy at a hospital to complete their scheduled treatment and also promised a purse of 3 million euros to setup a clinical trial for a therapy it has already given approval to. What is Stem Cell Therapy? Stem Cell Therapy takes advantage of pluripotent (capable of giving rise to different cell types) nature of stem cells and works on the principle that introduction of such cells into damaged tissue can help in repair of the damaged area and thereby in treatment of a disease.  Stem Cell Therapy is being looked up to as being the mode of treatment for several disorders such as Parkinson's disease, various cancers, cardiac failure and even genetic disorders such as Spinal Muscular Atrophy. What is happening in Italy? A