CHARLES C. GATES CENTER FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY
(House of Representatives - April 17, 2013)

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CHARLES C. GATES CENTER FOR REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND STEM CELL BIOLOGY

  (Mr. COFFMAN asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. COFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise to draw attention to cutting-edge 
research now underway at the Charles C. Gates Center for Regenerative 
Medicine and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Colorado in Aurora. 
As you know, our Nation faces major deficiencies in its ability to 
maintain an adequate blood supply for civilian and military demands. 
Traditional methods for obtaining blood or producing a new supply fall 
far short of current demand.
  But a collaborative effort at the Gates Center at the University of 
Colorado is working to develop a new technology that enables the rapid 
growth of adult blood stem cells. This proprietary technology can 
generate large numbers of cells that can be frozen and thawed while 
retaining their stem cell characteristics. This also means that soon 
there will be an ability to culture adult blood stem cells in an almost 
indefinite manner.
  This research is being funded with peer-reviewed grants from NIH, and 
they have joined a consortium funded by DARPA to further help develop 
the Red Blood Cell program. I'm very hopeful about the research at the 
Charles C. Gates Center, and I urge support for their efforts.

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