China publishes world’s first stem cell related intl standard

Beijing, The Gulf Observer: China spearheaded and published the world’s first international standard on stem cell research.

It signaled that the country has become a globally recognized front-runner in this cutting-edge field that may revolutionize medicine, experts said.

The document, named ISO 24603, lists the various requirements and regulations for cultivating and using human and mouse pluripotent stem cells. It is also the first stem cell related standard for the International Organization for Standardization.

Pluripotent stem cells have the ability to differentiate into any cell types that make up the body. They are typically found during the earliest stages of cell division after fertilization.

As a result, scientists are trying to harness the regenerative potential of stem cells to treat many challenging medical conditions.

It will cover spinal cord injuries, leukemia, Type 1 diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, burns, Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, according to the Mayo Clinic.