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Tue February 14, 2012
A milestone for the University of Michigan's stem cell program
The stem cell research lab at the University of Michigan has reached a significant milestone.
A stem cell line developed from a 5 day old human embryo donated to U of M’s stem cell program has been certified by the National Institutes of Health. That’s significant, because there are only 147 embryonic stem cell lines approved by the NIH. Many of them are old lines with certain drawbacks for researchers.
Gary Smith is the co-director of the stem cell program. He says U of M is just one of a handful of universities in the United States making new human embryonic stem cell lines for research.
“Any investigator across the United States...or really across the world can utilize those embryonic stem cells," says Smith, "And in fact (the researchers) can use those embryonic stem cells to submit research….or for funds from the National Institutes of Health to do research on those lines.”
Smith says U of M plans to submit another 10 stem cell lines for certification.