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A combination of patient-derived stem cells, which have no publication record of efficacy, can now be given to children with incurable diseases in Italy. Disregarding the country’s health regulatory agency’s recommendations, the outgoing health minister Renato Balduzzi last week (March 21) announced that he would allow the use of the cell cocktail to a group of 32 terminally ill patients, mostly children, through a compassionate use program that makes the cells free to patients. Several days later, hundreds protested in Rome for even wider approval of the cells.
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