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ICMR to probe claims on stem cell work

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has expressed concern over the claims by a private clinic in treating a number of patients using embryonic stem cells.

india Updated: Dec 28, 2005 15:31 IST

Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss on Tuesday expressed concern over the claims by a private clinic in treating a number of patients using embryonic stem cells and said that the Indian Council of Medical Research has been asked to probe the issue.

"It is matter of concern. I have asked the ICMR to probe the issue," Ramadoss said.

He said that the country had stringent guidelines on stem cell research and government would convert these into a law.

The claims by a Delhi-based private clinic on making improvements in conditions of patients suffering from serious disorders have drawn sharp reaction from experts who say that such unfettered research puts patients into risk.

ICMR has also clarified that the documents submitted by the clinic were not adequate and the council had never given its approval to the research.

To another question on alleged bungling in purchase of medical equipment by various hospitals in several cities including Delhi, he said action would be initiated after the CBI inquiry was complete.

Corrective measures were also being initiated, he said.

Some of the public servants allegedly abused their official position in awarding the contract worth about Rs 7 crore to a pharmaceutical firm in 2001 for supply of 250 Single Puncture Laparoscopes and 100 Double Puncture Laparoscopes for use in various government hospitals across the country.

First Published: Dec 28, 2005 15:31 IST