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Leading stem cell experts have published a statement expressing serious concerns about unproven stem cell therapies. Their article, published on 3rd May in The EMBO Journal, sends a strong message to the Italian parliament, which is currently debating whether to change a recent law allowing the use of certain untested stem cell therapies in public hospitals. The group of 12 senior scientists and 1 legal expert argue that 'only rigorous science and rigorous regulation can ensure translation of science into effective therapies.'
There have been several claims that stem cells can already be used in patients affected by neurological disorders. What do we really know about these therapies and how should these claims be viewed?