October 20, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

arthritis MSCs

2 min read

A new paper suggests a hopeful short-term safety profile of laboratory-grown stem cells for treatment of arthritis, but there are some important limitations to the study too. A debate continues to bubble over whether to classify laboratory-propagated stem cells as biological drugs. A persistent issue has been whether the growth of stem cells in culture increases risks of negative outcomes for patients including 4 prominent and broadly applicable issues of risk: infection, benign but destructive tissue growth, cancer, and autoimmune reactions. A fifth concern, …Read More