A researcher holds a box containing vials of human embryonic Stem Cell cultures from the freezer at the Burnham Institute on November 3, 2004 in La Jolla, California. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images

From Central America to Ukraine, unlicensed clinics are offering stem cell therapies as a treatment for autism.

Stem cells used mainly to treat blood disease. Their effectiveness on autism is unproven and the FDA has not licensed their use for the condition.

One prominent clinic providing such treatment is Panama’s Stem Cell Institute, whose founder has celebrity backing.

Experts told Business insider the clinic gains legitimacy from a program at Duke University researching stem cells and autism.

Parents seeking treatment for autistic

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