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The present day situation about stem-cell treatment is like the famous quotation from Shakespeare. "To be or not to be". Stem cells are taken from bone marrow, umbilical cords and even embryonic cells from rejected embryos. This treatment was banned in many countries earlier. It is still not widely accepted. However, there are at least a dozen serious diseases ranging from cancer to spinal cord injury and blindness where this treatment is being used. In many major hospitals, AIIMS, Apollo, Gangaram Hospital and others, this treatment is common. Some hospitals charge between Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 2 lakh for a single shot of stem-cell. To determine the rate of success, many more experiments may be needed. According to experts, research is on and there has been some success but it is not complete. One cannot talk of success or failure yet. The same is the case with other methods more...


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