Stem Cell Scientists Warn Against Fraudulent Treatments

Leading scientists are warning people to beware of costly, unproven stem cell therapies. Many with devastating illnesses are borrowing huge sums of money for treatments, which are often performed outside the United States to avoid its safety regulations.

Scientists hope that stem cells can one day cure a host of deadly diseases by replacing injured and dying cells. But to date, only a handful of stem cell treatments have proven safe and effective in clinical trials, such as bone marrow transplants, skin grafts and corneal repair.

Mercury News reports:

“Searching the Internet for stem cell therapies will yield more than 200 companies claiming they can cure almost any condition by growing stem cells and injecting them into a patient ... stem cell researchers want to avoid having the fraudulent clinics cast a shadow over stem cell research or cause the public to question legitimate breakthroughs.”

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