Stem cell therapies – leaping before looking?

Our industry needs to look at the research before, not after, extensive use.

Science can be frustrating. There is always a gap between having a great idea and having a new tool to change things in the real world. Ideally, that gap is bridged by robust, rigorous scientific research that tells us whether the original idea is really as great as it seems and what it will actually let us accomplish. Even in the best case, filling the gap between inspiration and real-world change takes time. And all too often, seemingly good ideas crack under the pressure of scientific investigation and fail to live up to their promise.

One of the most common uses for stem cell therapies in veterinary medicine is for dogs with osteoarthritis. Photo: Bigstock/evdoha

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