Sep 2, 2015
Posted by Shailesh Prasad in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, materials
California researchers opened the world’s largest publicly available stem cell bank Tuesday, which will aid in the search for cures for genetic diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and autism.
Universities from around the state will contribute adult skin samples to the bank, while the Buck Institute for Research in Novato will store the material.
The Stem Cell Bank is funded through a $32 million grant awarded in 2013 by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, which itself was established in 2004 through voter approval of Proposition 71. That measure provided an initial $3 billion in state bonds to the institute.