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Two scientists from Chulalongkorn University and Kasetsart University have been granted a total of 40 million baht for stem cell research into helping people with the cleft lip and cleft palate disorders, and for improving rice strains. 

The National Science and Technology Development Agency has approved funding of 20 million baht each for Prasit Pavasant, head of the Mineralised Tissue Research Unit of Chulalongkorn University's dentistry faculty for the stem cell project and to Apichart Vanavichit, head of Kasetsart University's mutated rice development efforts.

Dr Prasit said the study into dental stem cells for bone and periodontium tissue engineering is advanced technology aimed at curing patients who have the cleft lip and cleft palate abnormality. He said stem cells from a patient's teeth can be used to repair the bone causing the abnormality.

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