Medical Innovation Versus Stem Cell Tourism

@article{Lindvall2009MedicalIV,
  title={Medical Innovation Versus Stem Cell Tourism},
  author={Olle Lindvall and Insoo Hyun},
  journal={Science},
  year={2009},
  volume={324},
  pages={1664 - 1665}
}
Stem cell tourism is criticized on grounds of consumer fraud, blatant lack of scientific justification, and patient safety. However, the issues are complex because they invoke questions concerning the limits of acceptable medical innovation and medical travel. Here we discuss these issues and articulate conditions under which “unproven” therapies may be offered to patients outside of regular clinical trials. 

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