[Rather than embryonic stem cells, t]he more exciting development…is the discovery that our own adult stem cells have a lot more therapeutic potential than we had ever guessed.
[T]o almost everyone’s surprise, the FDA has stayed on the sidelines, allowing stem cell clinics to grow into a kind of parallel universe operating outside the traditional institutions that have controlled biomedical progress….
Whether this is a good thing depends on where you sit. Academics are mostly aghast….
“There’s a long history of individuals entering the [medical] marketplace and offering some cure-all panacea,” says…bioethicist Leigh Turner….
Stem cell clinicians will admit they don’t have the broad, controlled studies to prove injected stem cells are safe and effective…[But w]hat clinicians do have is what they’ve seen with their own eyes. “We literally have patients who have come out of wheelchairs and are walking again,” [Kristin] Comella says.
Despite these miraculous-sounding results, [Gary] Steinberg still believes that stem cell treatments should remain the province of academic research until we better understand how, or whether, to use them.
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