Thursday, March 8, 2012

South Carolina professor arrested in stem cell sting operation

Some news you may have missed over the Christmas holidays: On December 29, the FBI arrested Dr. Vincent Dammai, a researcher at the Medical University of South Carolina, accusing him of supplying stem cells for use in unapproved therapies.  Dammai had used university labs to create stem cells from umbilical cord blood, which were then used by a group of Texas scam artists to "treat" patients with cancer, ALS, MS and Parkinson’s Disease.  The scam was exposed in a 60 Minutes sting operation in 2010.  According to Nature, Francisco Morales of Brownsville, Texas, and Alberto Ramon, of Del Rio, Texas, were also arrested in December.  A fourth man, Laurence Stowe of Dallas, surrendered to authorities in January. 

1 comment:

  1. AJOB target article anyone? I mean, surely there's a way to turn this story into revenue for bioethics.net. Maybe Larry's available.

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