A Cautionary Tale of ‘Stem Cell Tourism’

NYT, 22 June 2016
Author: Gina Kolata
“A growing number of clinics, often in places like Russia or China, but also in Europe and elsewhere, say on websites that they can treat, even cure, diseases like muscular dystrophy, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and spinal cord injury as well as strokes, by injecting patients with stem cells that, in theory, could develop into a missing nerve, a muscle or other cells and repair damage from an illness or an injury. Estimates are that tens of thousands of patients around the world have had such treatments and that the industry is worth hundreds of millions of dollars. Academic researchers say stem cells hold enormous promise, but they are proceeding cautiously.”
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