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‘Stem Cell Tourism’ vs. Rigorous Clinical Trials

Californian Jim Gass was moderately disabled by a stroke and underwent commercial stem cell treatments in Mexico, Argentina and China, in hopes of restoring function to a paralyzed arm and weak leg. $300,000 later, he’s paralyzed from the neck down, except for one arm, by a massive spinal tumor composed of someone else’s cells. The New York Times talked with Gass, who ignored the fact that none of the