California Setting Stage for Crackdown on Dubious Stem Cell Clinics

The California stem cell agency, state regulators and lawmakers are taking aim at the hundreds of dubious, unregulated "stem cell" clinics now operating in the Golden State.The goal is to regulate clinics that are using what they describe as stem cells in treatments costing thousands of dollars but that have not been tested  scientifically. Lawsuits have been filed around the country alleging damage to patients that includes blindness.Art Torres, vice chairman of the state stem cell agency, is working with lawmakers to formulate legislation that is expected to be introduced by the end of January.The State Medical Board, which licenses and regulates physicians, has created a task force to look into the the growing business.Earlier this fall, Torres told the governing board of Kevin Mullin, LA Times photothe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the agency is formally known, that he was engaged with Assemblyman Kevin Mullin, D-San Mateo, on a…

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