Although the rest of the world is still stuck at studying stem cells, and while the U.S. government is still not funding Stem Cell Research, dozens of Russian clinics and beauty salons are prideful of their advancement – they are using adult and embryonic stem cells to treat a wide range of diseases and disfigurements. While inserting injections of stem cells from aborted fetuses may sound a bit over the top, women in Russia are mad for it to get rid of cellulite and preserve their youthful beauty. Who’s to say if they can be blamed for wanting eternal beauty?
Besides cosmetic purposes, some are desperate for the procedure for health reasons. Svetlana Galiyeva paid $20,000 for stem cell injections to try to regain control of her muscles, left crippled after multiple sclerosis. She has seen some improvement since the expensive treatments, and can now stand for breif periods, unaided.
While the moral rationale behind all of this might be in question, I think the cosmetic expeditions in Moscow reveal the mysterious yet promising future of stem cell therapy.