From the Back Cover
A balanced, plain-English guide to this politically charged topic
This friendly, practical guide cuts away the hype and clearly presents the facts on stem cells. It explains what stem cells are and what they do, the legalities of harvesting them and using them in research, the latest research findings from the United States and abroad, and the prospects for medical stem cell therapies in the short and long term.
Brushing up on biology ― understand the basics of cells and tissues and take a guided tour of the history of stem cell research
Delving into stem cell science ― get easy-to-follow explanations of embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, and sources of stem cells
Where we are now ― dig into the current practices in stem cell treatments, trials, and transplants
The possibilities are endless ― discover how stem cells are projected to make medical advances in the understanding and improved treatment of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more
Understanding the debate ― explore the ethical, religious, philosophical, and moral questions related to stem cell research and get armed with the knowledge needed to take an informed stance
Open the book and find:
The current laws and policies
Ethical, religious, and moral considerations
How stem cells are being used to understand and treat specific diseases
Safety issues associated with stem cells
The pros and cons of current treatments
Promising leads for spinal cord injuries
Uses for hybrid, chimera, clone, and cybrid cells
How stem cell banking works
Sort through straight, unbiased facts about the stem cell debate
Understand what stem cells are and how they work
Appreciate how stem cells are used in research and treatment
Look to the future to what’s in store for stem cell research
–This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, PhD, one of the world’s foremost experts in stem cell research, is Director of the Stem Cell Initiative at the University of California, San Diego. Meg Schneider is the author or coauthor of several books, including COPD For Dummies.