Everybody has stem cells; everybody uses stem cells; everybody uses stem cells every day; stem cells work… and they work every time! This is a good story to tell in our generation. It’s a story in two parts. First, there is the Natural Renewal System of the body which involves the release of those stem cells from the bone marrow. They then traffic to tissues in need where they migrate out, then proliferate and differentiate to become cells of each particular tissue, thereby providing an effective means for renewal and repair. “That’s what nature does already – it is now proven basic Stem Cell physiology.” Second, dietary intervention through Stem Cell Nutrition is now available to enhance this intrinsic process in a mild but significant way, thereby making the promotion of optimal health and wellness available to all – today, not tomorrow or whenever there is visible light on the research horizon, through Stem Cell Medicine. That’s what you can do NOW to support your stem cell physiology! “I now realize that my own stem cells could hold the key to my future wellness and the prospect of a longer and healthier life. After reading this book, you will probably do what I did – practice Stem Cell Nutrition to keep your body healthy also.”-Ambassador Raymond L. Flynn, Former Mayor of Boston and US Ambassador to the Vatican. Bestselling Author and TV Personality.
Embryonic stem cell research holds unique promise for developing therapies for currently incurable diseases and conditions, and for important biomedical research. However, the process through which embryonic stem cells are obtained involves the destruction of early human embryos. Katrien Devolder focuses on the tension between the popular view that an embryo should never be deliberately harmed or destroyed, and the view that embryonic stem cell research, because of its enormous promise, must go forward. She provides an in-depth ethical analysis of the major philosophical and political attempts to resolve this tension. One such attempt involves the development of a middle ground position, which accepts only types or aspects of embryonic stem cell research deemed compatible with the view that the embryo has a significant moral status. An example is the position that it can be permissible to derive stem cells from embryos left over from in vitro fertilisation but not from embryos created for research. Others have advocated a technical solution. Several techniques have been proposed for deriving embryonic stem cells, or their functional equivalents, without harming embryos. An example is the induced pluripotent stem cell technique. Through highlighting inconsistencies in the arguments for these positions, Devolder argues that the central tension in the embryonic stem cell debate remains unresolved. This conclusion has important implications for the stem cell debate, as well as for policies inspired by this debate.
Few people know much about stem cell research beyond the ethical questions raised by using embryos. But in the last decade, stem cell research has made huge advances toward eliminating some of our most intractable diseases. Now this sweeping and accessible book introduces us to this cutting-edge science that will revolutionize medicine and change the way we think about and treat disease.
Alice Park takes us from stem cell’s controversial beginnings to the recent electrifying promise of being able to create the versatile cells without using embryos at all. She shows us how stem cells give researchers an unprecedented ability to study disease while giving patients the promise of replacing diseased cells with healthy new ones. And she profiles the scientists and leaders-many with their own compelling stories-who have fueled the quest and will continue to shape the field in years to come.
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