Holy grail of medicine?
Go to the internet, type in stem cells and it's not hard to find claims of cures and improvement in conditions from autism to multiple sclerosis.
But currently that potential has only been proven for leukaemia, burns and eye problems.
All other treatments, however promising, are still experimental.
But that doesn't put people off and many desperate patients head to countries like Mexico and China to pay to have stem cells injected. And now you can do the same in New Zealand.
Some say it's high time patients had the chance to try this ground-breaking therapy close to home but many experts in the field are worried.
Gill Higgins investigates.
You can imagine the scenario, seatbelt fastened, tray table stowed away, you're just getting started on the first movie of the flight and the child one row back starts screaming its lungs out.
Malaysian Airlines has a solution - it's planning to create a child-free zone on its new Airbus a380 by banning the nippers from the upper deck.
Is this simply a commercial decision or does it say something about the way we view children.
Former child commissioner Ian Hassell gives his view.
Fostering community spirit
The idea of the English village green has taken root in the Waikato. There's more sizzling sausages than cucumber sandwiches but what former Black Cap John Parker is trying to recreate is the community spirit surrounding the local sports ground.
Matt Chisholm discovered they've got community spirit in spades