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Iran, first country to propagate spermatogonial stem cells

Source: ISNA

Iranian scientists developed methods to propagate spermatogonial stem cells for the first time in the world.

The President of Avicenna Research Institute (ARI) Mohammad Mehdi Akhondi said, "Iranian scholars succeeded in Propagating spermatogonial stem cells for the first time in the world and Nature Review Urology has recently written that the research would be the basis for further studies in treatment of men's infertility."

He added "All efforts were made by Iranian researchers at Avicenna Research Institute (ARI) in collaboration with their Dutch counterparts the results of which were released by JAMA-Journal of American Medical Association in 2009-2011 with 30 impact factor."

Executer of the project Hooman Sadra Ardakani also said," The research was performed from 2007 to 2011 using testis material."

Ardakani scored Jan Swammerdam fertility prize in Netherland last year.

"Young boys treated with high-dose chemotherapy for cancer often faces infertility once they reach adulthood," Ardakani noted.

He went on to say, "In recent years, Iran has made fundamental progress in stem cell science and is now known as a world pioneering country in the area."

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