Chinaâ€™s Black Market Stem Cells
In January, the Chinese Ministry of Health once again attempted to regulate the unapproved stem-cell tourism business in China, announcing rules such as required registration for organizations using stem cells in the clinic and a halt to any unapproved stem cell treatments. But not a single clinic has registered, and business is still booming, according to an investigation by Nature.
The clinics, which operate openly, offer expensive and unapproved stem cell treatments for Parkinsonâ€™s disease, diabetes, and autism, among other disorders, and attract thousands of medical tourists from around the world. The Chinese health ministry has made several attempts to ban the treatments, including classifying stem-cell treatments as â€œhigh riskâ€ and requiring the approval of a technical audit board, but to no avail.