New Delhi: China is on the verge of achieving a breakthrough in stem cell research, says a top scientist in the field.Zhou Qi, chief scientist with the stem cell research project at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), said Chinese scientists are expecting a major scientific breakthrough to be made within the next decade, reports the China Daily."We are now close to the day when we will be able to hail a breakthrough in this important technology."China needs five to 10 years to shift from basic research to clinical application and another 10 years to realize large-scale clinical application," he said.Going forward, the priority will be to focus on stem cell regulation, core mechanisms for stem-cell therapies and standardized applications of stem cells, said Zhou.Zhou said China has achieved the fastest development in stem cell research of any country during the past 10 years.
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