Stem cell therapy deserves a dose of skepticism

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Stem cells and plastic fibers helped create a new windpipe for 2-year-old Hannah Warren, who underwent the transplant in April (Credit: Jim Carlson, Children’s Hospital of Illinois, via AFP/Getty Images, via USA Today).

The following is an editorial summary of a longer story.

While the medical promise of stem cell therapy continues to build, there’s a flip-side: stem cells and other biotechnology used for cosmetic purposes. This is what led to a Californian woman growing bone fragments around her eye after a botched procedure.

USA Today delves into the bioethical concerns that surround these unproven — and potentially dangerous — uses of medical biotech and what it means for the state of our regulatory and medical systems. As author Alex Berezov puts it: “Until we understand them better, stem cells are the new snake oil peddled by 21st century charlatans.”

View the full story here: Beware of stem cell therapy claims: Column

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