Truth in Science and Medicine: The Hope and Hype of Stem Cell Therapies




stem cell therapy, science, medicine, communication


The article examines the practice of cell therapies, often named as stem cell therapies. For the general public this is recognized as promising treatment for many diseases, offering hope for many people to restore health to themselves or their loved ones. However, despite the enormous potential that this type of treatment holds, it has its limitations. The tension between hope, science, truth and deception can come to the fore especially when someone is fighting for their life. Moral and ethical issues play a key role in such cases, serving as guideposts obscured, however, by information noise.


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How to Cite

Dulak, J. (2021). Truth in Science and Medicine: The Hope and Hype of Stem Cell Therapies . Intercultural Relations, 4(2(10), 25–33.