Are Stem Cell Treatments A Type Of Miracle Cure Or Snake Oil? • Discoverology

Are Stem Cell Treatments A Type Of Miracle Cure Or Snake Oil?

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Stem cells have taken on a mythic promise in the eyes of many who are ailing and desperate. But a new crop of treatments might be nothing more than costly placebos—or possibly dangerous.

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