May 16, 2013

21st Century Snake Oil: Stem Cell Cosmetics

Alex Berezow, USA Today

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Angelina Jolie courageously announced Tuesday that she underwent a preventative double mastectomy after genetic testing showed she had a high probability of developing breast and ovarian cancer, which she followed up with reconstructive surgery of her breasts. Not only does this highlight the promise of medical research and biotechnology, undoubtedly, Jolie's willingness to publicize her decision will encourage other women who find themselves in similar circumstances.

But there is another aspect of biotechnology and cosmetic surgery that should not be readily promoted.

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TAGGED: Cosmetics, Stem Cell Therapy