- 1.5 lakh There are about these many thalassaemic children in India. Around 15,000 are born with the disease each year, but most don't survive
- 1 lakh+ Estimated number of blood cancer patients in India, which ranks third after the US and China
There's an enduring mystique about stem cells. One that relates to the sense of an utterly simple functionality—what they do, which is to say, they are a factory that can produce all the cells and tissues the body requires. The other is of mind-boggling complication—how they do it; which is, the different kinds of blood, muscle and skin cells all stemming from a group of basic cells we are born with and which keep us going...repairing, replenishing, regenerating. These are the adult stem cells. The master keys they use to make all these other specialised tissues have been the subject of intense research for decades. Remember Dolly the sheep—the first mammal to be cloned nearly 25 years ago from an...