Essay: Evaluating Stem Cell Therapies

Hospitals, clinics, and even private doctors offices and laboratories now offer stem cell treatments, making claims about what stem cells can do. Our understanding of the science and the discoveries so far does not support some of these claims. Currently, the only stem cell therapy that has strong support for its effectiveness is the therapy referred to as bone marrow transplant, which is commonly done for lymphoma, leukemia, and other blood cancers. The material studied in this activity should clarify some of the misinformation that is widely circulated. You will apply what you have learned so far and be a critical consumer of information.



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