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Albert Einstein College to Help Medistem Study Epigenetics of Stem Cells

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Medistem Laboratories will collaborate with Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Kansas City Veterans Administration to characterize the epigenetic profile of stem cells derived from menstrual blood, the company said today.
Defining the subcellular characteristics of this group of endometrial regenerative cells will help the company translate its in vitro and animal studies into human trials, the company said.
Einstein College researcher Amit Verma said in a statement that the school has developed “a novel high throughput assay to analyze genome-wide methylation that has been successfully used in cellular systems.”
Medistem’s ERC product is a “universal donor” stem cell derived from menstrual blood that can differentiate into nine tissue types and produce “large quantities” of growth factors, the company said.

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