Stem Cell Clinics Co-Opt Clinical-Trial Registry to Market Unproven Therapies, Critics Say

(STAT News) – A few weeks ago, if you’d been scouring the ever-expanding mass of digitized federal paperwork, you might have noticed a contradiction. On the one hand, the Food and Drug Administration issued a letter stating that what an … Read More

A Judge Rules Against One Stem-Cell Clinic. There Are Hundreds of Them.

(New York Times) – A judicial ruling this month that will stop questionable stem-cell treatments at a clinic in Florida is widely seen as a warning to a flourishing industry that has attracted huge numbers of patients, who pay thousands … Read More

China Urged to Abandon Plan to Sell Unproven Cell Therapies

(Nature) – An international group of stem-cell researchers is urging China to cancel draft regulations that would permit some hospitals to sell therapies developed from patients’ own cells, without approval from the nation’s drug regulator. The International Society for Stem … Read More

Creating Eggs and Sperm from Stem Cells: The Next Big Thing in Assisted Reproduction?

(STAT News) – Until recently, the only way to make eggs or sperm was the old-fashioned way: in the ovaries and testes. In the not-too-distant future, it may be possible to use cells from almost any part of the body … Read More

Expanded Potential Stem Cells of Both Pig and Human Cells Created

(GEN) – Scientists say they have developed a novel technique to create expanded potential stem cells (EPSCs) of both pig and human cells. These stem cells have the features of the first cells in the developing embryo and can develop … Read More

FDA Wins Major Victory in Campaign Against Stem Cell Clinic

(CNN) – The US Food and Drug Administration won a major legal victory in its ongoing effort to crack down on clinics marketing bogus and potentially hazardous stem cell products. On Monday, a federal judge in Miami granted the FDA … Read More

Citing “Safety Concerns,” FDA Cautions National Marketer of Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

(ProPublica) – In a sign of its increasing concern about the marketing of stem cells as cure-alls, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week notified a major distributor of such products that they are considered drugs and must have … Read More

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