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Stem Cell Center to Rise in Biology Hub

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Science  04 Dec 2009:
Vol. 326, Issue 5958, pp. 1333
DOI: 10.1126/science.326.5958.1333-a

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India's fledgling stem cell R&D effort is set to receive a major boost. Construction began in Bangalore last month on the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine (inStem), a $50 million center to be built alongside an existing biology powerhouse and a planned $12 million technology center that will seek to commercialize the biocluster's findings. Initial plans include launching an international collaboration using stem cells to probe the molecular mechanisms of cardiovascular diseases. inStem will also link up with the Centre for Stem Cell Research at Christian Medical College in Vellore, which specializes in translational and clinical research.