Source: Press TV
Iran's Cord Blood Bank says
2.5 billion dollars will be invested in the country's stem cell research over
the next five years.
Iranian scientists test treatments on mice for everything from heart disease to
multiple sclerosis in state-run laboratories and private hospitals in Tehran.
The fund will be used for the development of such facilities in other Iranian
"Stem cell research centers will soon be opened in all major cities," said
managing Director of Iran's Cord Blood bank, Mortezah Zarabi.
Iran's Cord Blood Bank
Iranian scientists developed human embryonic stem cell lines in 2003, with the
approval of Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the leader of Iran's Islamic
Despite many western countries which impose restrictions on stem cell research,
Iran, a premier in the realm of stem cell research, has some of the most liberal
laws providing grounds for such studies.
Muslim clerics acknowledge that life begins three months after conception,
granting scientists access to human embryonic stem cells left over from
According to Mohammad Reza Mohammad Hassani, the general secretary of the 10th
National Congress on Cardiovascular Updates, Iran's achievements in this field
have led to a successful stem cell heart transplant of an 11-year-old boy in
US President George W. Bush, over his two terms in office, has repeatedly
stressed his opposition to research on the human embryonic cell lines and has
vetoed funding for such studies several times.
US president-elect Barak Obama, on the other hand, has his pledged full support
of stem cell research.
"I strongly support expanding research on stem cells. I believe the restrictions
that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research
have handcuffed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other
"As president, I will lift the current administration's ban on federal funding
of research on embryonic stem cell lines."
Stem cell research is one of the most promising fields in modern biomedicine.
However, due to moral and ethical debates it remains a controversial issue in
many regions of the world.
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