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First stem-cell registry in India enlists 5,300 donors

First stem-cell registry in India enlists 5,300 donors
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First Published: Mon, Mar 26 2007. 11 46 AM IST
Updated: Mon, Mar 26 2007. 11 46 AM IST
Chennai:Indians suffering from haematological diseases like leukaemia will have more chances of being cured when a US-based organization publishes a registry of non-embryonic stem-cell donors in the country this year.
New Jersey-based Matchpia, founded by Kolkata-born Tim Dutta, has registered 5,300 stem-cell donors from 31 institutions spread across six cities in India, including Chennai and Bangalore.
With the publication of the United South Asian Donor Registry (USADR) on 31 July, the “genetic typing” of these donors will be available to Indians living across the globe. Donors’ stem cells, procured through a simple blood donation, are transplanted into patients suffering from haematological diseases, instead of the more complicated bone-marrow transfusion.
The donors were found through drives in companies, including Wipro, Polaris, Genpact, Infosys, Microsoft, L&T, iFlex and Mphasis, as well as educational institutions lsuch as IIT-Madras, IIM-Bangalore and ISB-Hyderabad, Dutta, who is currently in India, said.
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First Published: Mon, Mar 26 2007. 11 46 AM IST
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