"60 Minutes" accuses stem cell seller of fraud. CBS's "60 Minutes" has broadcast a startling undercover investigation of Dan Ecklund, who operates a stem cell laboratory and clinic in Ecuador and sells alleged cell preparations through the Internet. [Stem Cell Fraud: A 60 Minutes investigation. Jan 8, 2012] The investigators videotaped Ecklund making extensive promises to help a boy with cerebral palsy and then met Ecklund in a hotel room in Florida where he arrived expecting to meet the boy. The cells, delivered in advance, were examined by a prominent stem cell researcher at Duke University, who concluded that they were dead and that the debris in the specimen could cause serious problems if injected. The program also revealed that in 2005, Ecklund's license to practice medicine in Alabama was revoked for unprofessional conduct. Documents from the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners state that during the proceedings he admitted (a) prescribing controlled substances to a patient he knew was a dug addict and with whom he was having sex, (b) having sex with his daughter, (c) having sexual experiences with young female children as well as with animals, and (d) touching females without their consent in order to gain sexual gratification. Ecklund has posted an elaborate denial of wrongdoing on his StemTechLabs Web site.
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