The case against stem cells for osteoarthritis treatment!

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The case against stem cells for osteoarthritis treatment!



Stem cells are associated with several problems. This is what makes their use in arthritis treatment somewhat problematic. First, self-renewal and plasticity are useful properties when it comes to repair and tissue engineering. However, these properties also characterize cancer cells and the possibility of tumor development is not acceptable. This is less of an issue with autologous stem cells. Second, during studies using allogeneic stem cells, several cases of graft versus host disease have been reported. Any immunosuppressive treatment to avoid GVH reactions carry with them their own set of potential side effects. Finally, the use of embryonic stem cells for scientific use is fraught with ethical and religious barriers. So everything is not all peaches and cream.
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