Big promise, big business: The sociocultural and regulatory dynamics of stem cell tourism

Claire Tanner, Alan Petersen, Casimir MacGregor, Megan Munsie

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Stem cell tourism is a global phenomenon. People travel across geographical borders and jurisdictions to buy unproven stem cell 'treatments'. We present a sociological case study, the X-Cell Center in Germany - once a popular destination of choice for stem cell travellers, shut down by regulators in 2010 after several deaths occurred. We offer a perspective on the conditions that enable stem cell tourism including public perceptions of safety, national stereotypes, personalized care offered to clients, ambiguous regulation and public belief in the power of stem cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Matrix of Stem Cell Research
Subtitle of host publicationAn Approach to Rethinking Science in Society
EditorsChristine Hauskeller, Arne Manzeschke, Anja Pichl
Place of PublicationAbingdon Oxon UK
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781315104386
ISBN (Print)9781138098527
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameGenetics and Society

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