This is an informative reference to the technological advances, applications, and issues of stem cell research. The past few years have seen controversy and debate surrounding stem cell research. Because skin cells have the capability to divide – unlike most of the cells in our body – our skin can heal itself through the division of cells. Scientists have attempted to apply this concept to major organs, trying to see if stem cells can be used to make the repairs that post-mitotic cells cannot. “Stem Cell Research” is a comprehensive and interesting introduction to this popular new science for non-experts. Explaining how stems cells can be obtained from several places, including skin, bone marrow, and most usefully, embryos, this book covers all the fundamental aspects of stem cell research in an easy-to-follow manner. It presents the questions surrounding the use of embryonic cells in a clear and balanced format while bringing readers up to date on the latest technological advances, applications, and issues regarding stem cell research. Tables, a bibliography, an appendix, a glossary, an index, and a list of Web sites complete this worthwhile resource.
Now with full-color photographs and line illustrations, Stem Cell Research, Revised Edition discusses the different types of stem cells, how they are studied in the laboratory, and the diseases that may be treated with these cells. This edition has been extensively revised and expanded to include four new chapters that discuss the origin and evolution of ordinary cells, as well as a detailed discussion of human and animal stem cells, therapeutic cloning, and a new form of stem cell that is produced by reprogramming ordinary skin cells. Featuring up-to-date coverage on the medical applications of stem cell therapy, this resource examines the growing cost of developing these therapies and the important role that pharmaceutical companies play. Written in accessible and straightforward language, this helpful book offers readers a timely look at this controversial topic.
Today’s scientists are showing us how stem cells create and repair the human body. Unlocking these secrets has become the new Holy Grail of biomedical research. But behind that search lies a sharp divide, one that has continued for years. Stem cells offer the hope of creating or repairing tissues lost to age, disease, and injury. Yet, because of this ability, stem cells also hold the potential to incite an international biological arms race.
The Stem Cell Dilemma illuminates everything you need to know about stem cells, and in this new edition the authors have included up-to-date information on scientific advances with iPS cells, clinical trials that are currently underway, hESC policy that is in the U.S. courts, stem cells and biodefense, developments at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and growing international competition, plus all the basics of what stem cells are and how they work.