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RotM : Interview with Dr. Sonja Schrepfer

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For this month's Researcher of the Month, we spoke to  Dr. Sonja Schrepfer, Professor of Surgery, at Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery, University of California San Francisco (UCSF).  Dr. Sonja is also the Director at TSI Lab at UCSF, which focuses on methods for preventing immunological rejection of tissue in heart and lung transplant. 
Dr. Sonja's recent publication in Nature Biotechnology, tells us about recent advancements made by her lab in generating derivatives from stem cells that avoid immunorejection in healthy recipients. 
CTS : For the benefit of our readers, could you please explain in brief what your team has achieved in this publication? Dr. Sonja Schrepfer (SS): Our team used CRISPR to create the first pluripotent stem cells that are functionally “invisible” to the immune system, a feat of biological engineering that prevents rejection of stem cell transplants and brings the promise of regenerative medicine a step closer to becoming reality. The immune sys…

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 private lab called St…