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Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky

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Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky

Children's Health

Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky

Doctor: China's Stem-Cell Therapy for Kids Is Risky

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Optic nerve hypoplasia is a condition in which nerves in and around the eye fail to develop properly. As Morning Edition reported Tuesday, some parents of affected children are seeking controversial stem cell treatments in China.

Renee Montagne talks with Dr. Mark Borchert, head of the Vision Center at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, about treatments for the disease. Borchert advises parents against seeking stem cell treatments in China.