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Private clinics' unproven stem cell treatment is unsafe and unethical

Professional medical organisations have raised concerns about these expensive cell therapies

Megan Munsie John Rasko | The Conversation 

Stem cell science is an area of medical research that continues to offer great promise.

But as this week’s paper in Science Translational Medicine highlights, a growing number of clinics around the globe, including in Australia, are exploiting regulatory gaps to sell so-called stem cell treatments without evidence that what they offer is effective – or even safe. Such unregulated direct-to-consumer advertising – typically of cells obtained using liposuction-like methods – not only places the health of individuals at risk but could also undermine the legitimate ...

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First Published: Sat, July 08 2017. 10:08 IST
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