Medical regulators warn against ‘stem cell tourism’

Human embryonic stem cells

Medical regulators have been warning against what’s known as ‘stem cell tourism’.

Medical experts have warned that the downside of unproven stem cell treatments isn’t only that they won’t work, but they can be life-threatening, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

“if you put the wrong kind of cells in the wrong place bad things can happen, even if symptoms don’t manifest right away,” Said Leigh Turner, a bioethicist at the University of Minnesota who has been tracking the proliferation of unproven stem cell treatments for several years.

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Stem cell therapy promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives.

Early-stage clinical trials using stem cells in patients with SCI have shown some encouraging initial results. 

Medical regulators warn against ‘stem cell tourism’