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Stem cell tourism in South Africa: The legal position

M Nothling Slabbert, S Mahomed

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Stem cell tourism has become a common phenomenon worldwide and is increasingly affecting South Africa, as is evident from recent media reports. We examine the South African legal framework regulating stem cell therapy, focusing first on the effects of unproven stem cell treatments, and provide recommendations that may assist in strengthening the legal position.

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M Nothling Slabbert, Department of Jurisprudence, University of South Africa; and the Special Interest Research Group on Biotechnology and Medical Law of the College of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria

S Mahomed, Department of Jurisprudence, University of South Africa; and the Special Interest Research Group on Biotechnology and Medical Law of the College of Law, University of South Africa, Pretoria

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Keywords

stem cell applications; stem cell therapies; stem cell tourism

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South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2012;5(2):69-73. DOI:10.7196/SAJBL.235

Article History

Date submitted: 2012-09-26
Date published: 2012-11-23

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