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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The Role of Bioinformatics in Stem Cell Research

The technological breakthrough in the field of medicine is remarkable in the 21st century. Rapid advances in the field of computers coupled with increasing computer literacy among professionals support the implementation of computer applications in medical practice. The mission of this paper is to create awareness amongst the medical fraternity the important roles of bioinformatics in stem cell research. 
Stem cell offers promising benefits from transplants and provides not only cell replacement therapy to treat debilitating diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's and Huntington's disease but also the ever growing anti-aging medicine. Bioinformatics has a profound impact in medical sciences since its existence. It is the field where biology, medical science and information technology merge into a single discipline. The ultimate goal of the field is to enable the discovery of new biological insights. Major funding agencies and foundations all around the world have recognized the importance of bioinformatics to the future of health and health care and have taken steps to increase support and promote the field. As such it is believed that a knowledgeable approach toward Bioinformatics will embrace the future of stem cell research.

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