In the new millennium Stem Cell Science is an extremely dynamic field of research. Today the scientific community is exploring "Biological solutions to Biological problems". Stem cells are unspecialized cells with two extraordinary characteristics:
Based on their origin, stem cells are categorized either as
In the past decade, the area of stem cell research has resulted in a huge body of research
Stem cells, provide diverse research and clinical tools to understand and model diseases, develop and screen candidate drugs, and deliver cell-replacement therapies to support regenerative medicine. Stem cells are also used to study material to identify molecules or genes implicated in regeneration. Reprogramming technology to produce iPSCs offers the potential to treat diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, cardiovascular diabetes, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. They serve to study biological processes which help in understanding human developmental disorders like birth defects, cancers, etc. They are useful in the functional genomic studies to understand human embryonic gene expression and related fields.
Stem cell research can revolutionize medicine, more than anything since antibiotics.--- RON REAGAN
Stem cell research holds out the promise of finding cures and treatments for a wide range of diseases.--- TOM ALLEN
Now science has presented us with a hope called stem cell research, which may provide our scientists with many answers that have for so long been beyond our grasp.--- NANCY REAGAN
The potential for the use of stem cells in research and therapy is widely recognized, but progress in the field depends critically on well-characterized systems for stem cell growth and differentiation.
Components such as serum, growth factors, and feeder cells are prone to significant variability. Better defined and more reproducible media will not only enhance standardization and help minimize variation in stem cell cultures, but they would also keep them free from animal-derived pathogens.
HiMedia is specialized in developing culture media and reagents, widely used in Bio-sciences research ranging from, basic research systems to translational research platforms. To facilitate stem cell research in making ground-breaking discoveries and finding cures to deadly diseases as cancer, cardiovascular diabetes etc., scientists at HiMedia are constantly making efforts to develop stem cell media with more standardized and defined formulations which are optimized for specific applications. Currently, HiMedia offers specialized media for culture and expansion of mesenchymal stem cells in basal and reduced serum versions. Besides, for facilitating research and getting insights into the process of adipogenesis, chondrogenesis and osteogenesis, HiMedia provides specialized differentiation media for these cell lineages which are derived from mesenchymal stem cells differentiation. For more info log on to www.himedialabs.com
Stem cells pose a bright future for the therapeutic world by promising treatment options for the diseases which are/ were considered as non-curable. By its virtue, we hope to see a new horizon of therapeutics in the form of organ development and replacement of a host of damaged tissues such as hair, tooth, retina, cochlear cells and eventually neurons.