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The Imperial Stem Cell Bank, Pgi. is an organisation that was established in the early 19th century as a storage area for stem cells. It is funded by the Roman government, and storage of stem cells are free to all citizens of the Empire.

HistoryEdit

The Imperial Stem Cell Bank was established as a private venture in 1875 by Ilias Raulorus in the form of the Stem Cell Storage Corporation, Rpb, Lta. It collected stem cells by taking stem cells from the amniotic fluid surrounding unborn babies in the uterus. These stem cells were gradually frozen. This process is extremely important because it keeps the cells alive during the cryopreservation process.[1] Afterward, the stem cells were transferred to a liquid nitrogen storage tank.

The original storage building that the SCSC operated in was small, and only had enough space for several thousand people. However, through funding from the government, which thought of the venture as highly beneficial to the Roman people, the SCSC were able to move into a far larger storage area outside the city.

In 1934, the incumbent CEO, Ilias Raulorus, Jr., sold the SCSC to the Roman government for HS13 million following the economic collapse of the company. In 1935, the government reformed the SCSC into the Imperial Stem Cell Bank, which began operations ten years later, after completion of the company's reorganisation. The ISCB is now a public stem cell bank solely relying on donations and funding from the Imperial government. Storage of stem cells are now free, instead of the previous subscription rate of HS1,000 per year, giving even the poorest of Romans a better chance at life.

In 2010, some of the stem cells of Mia Marcus were withdrawn from the Stem Cell Bank in an attempt to create a clone of Marcus. Though the attempt ultimately failed, it provided a critical insight into the prospects of human cloning and genetic engineering.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amniotic_stem_cell_bank#Cryopreservation

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