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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Americans seeking cures from unproven stem cell therapies no longer have to travel to Mexico or Costa Rica to get treated. Clinics promoting such treatments are popping up all over the United States.

A new analysis published Thursday in the journal Cell Stem Cell found 570 clinics, operated by 351 businesses, offering direct-to-consumer stem cell treatments that are largely not backed by science.


Eighteen of the clinics are here in the exclusive enclave of Beverly Hills, with five sprinkled along just a mile-and-a-half stretch of iconic Wilshire Boulevard, tucked among an Aston Martin dealership, Cartier and Bulgari shops, and European chocolatiers. Their websites tout all manner of procedures, from stem cell face sculpting for $20,000 to stem cell “vaginal rejuvenation specials” for $6,970, to stem cell therapies meant to ease arthritis and help patients avoid knee replacement surgeries.

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