Stem Cell Now: From the Experiment That Shook the World to the New Politics of Life

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9780131737983: Stem Cell Now: From the Experiment That Shook the World to the New Politics of Life

In 1998, researchers at the University of Wisconsin isolated human embryonic stem cells in the laboratory. They showed that these cells, which can become any kind of cell or tissue, could live and thrive outside the human body. This landmark discovery opened the door to a new era in biology and medicine and set off a furious political controversy that continues to make headlines today.

 "Christopher Scott, a scientist with a journalist's skill at clear explanation has provided exactly what is needed in this book... a reliable, balanced, and thoughtful account of the biology of stem cells."

From the Foreword by Donald Kennedy, Editor of Science

"If you want to read one book about both the science and social impact of stem cell research, this is the book. It is crystal clear, candid and highly informative. It is terrific."

Michael Gazzaniga, author of The Ethical Brain

"Scott has provided a firmly grounded schooling in our current understandings and misunderstandings of how stem cell research may play out in creating new forms of therapy for currently untreatable diseases."

 Paul Berg, Nobel laureate, author of Dealing with Genes

"In this engaging book, biologists give their first-hand accounts of why their work generates such passion and attention. If you need an introduction to the intricacies of stem cell science and the ethical arguments behind the debates, this is a fine place to begin."

Laurie Zoloth, Director, Center for Bioethics, Northwestern University.

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HardCover Pub Date: November 2005 Pages: 256 in Publisher: Pi Press Christopher Scott clarifies the science behind the stem cell revolution from the landmark discovery of human emyonic stem of cells is to the latest research of He begins with how stem cells work. Their role in the development and upkeep of the human body. and the differences between emyonic and adult stem cells. He then takes readers to the frontlines of this new science. introducing the men and women who are creating a new biotechnology and revealing their quests: Are there ultra-rare adult stem cells Can stem cells uncover the secrets of cancer. rendering it reversible How soon can we grow nerves and organs in the lab The realm of possibility is exploding. Scott clearly explains the arguments for and against the use of emyonic stem cells. He leaves the shrill rhetoric of both sides behind. leading readers ...

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"Probably the most lucid and readable primer on the science and politics of stem cells. Scott goes beyond the hype of instant cures and pro-life antagonism to present the true breadth of stem cell research." --Seed Magazine

"Illuminating reading for everyone who wants to understand a hot-button topic that will dominate the political, medical, and religious arenas for years to come." --Publishers Weekly

Probably the most lucid and readable primer on the science and politics of stem cells. Scott goes beyond the hype of instant cures and pro-life antagonism to present the true breadth of stem cell research. Seed Magazine

Illuminating reading for everyone who wants to understand a hot-button topic that will dominate the political, medical, and religious arenas for years to come. Publishers Weekly

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-Probably the most lucid and readable primer on the science and politics of stem cells. Scott goes beyond the hype of instant cures and pro-life antagonism to present the true breadth of stem cell research.- --Seed Magazine

-Illuminating reading for everyone who wants to understand a hot-button topic that will dominate the political, medical, and religious arenas for years to come.- --Publishers Weekly

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