Cure Quest: The Science of Stem Cell Research

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The parents of a young girl diagnosed with leukemia hope she will be cured by an injection that replaces the diseased cells in her body. The treatment was developed through the research of stem cells. These cells are undifferentiated, meaning they have not yet become a specific type of cell, such as a blood or nerve cell. Although the potential for stem cells remains unknown, scientists hope that further stem cell research will lead to cures of diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and more. The search for cures has met resistance as the ethical debate over the use of stem cells continues.
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Children's Literature - Hazel Buys
The special cells that are themselves unspecialized, promise cures for trauma, disease, and genetic disorders currently resistant to any other form of treatment. When properly transformed, these unspecialized cells, or stem cells, develop into differentiated cells that can be used to treat, among other conditions, diabetes, Parkinson's disease, and cancer, as well as grow tissue for use in burn treatments, amputations, and organ failure. The possibilities are endless. Although stem cell research shares techniques with cloning, it is not the same process. Therapeutic cloning, that associated with stem cell research, would allow each patient to have matching cells and tissue produced, because the nucleus donated from the harvested cells would be his or her own. This also eliminates the risk of rejection, a serious and sometimes insurmountable complication of tissue transfer from a "foreign" donor. The complicated social issues surrounding stem cell research raise a host of ethical questions that seek to understand the balance between risk and benefit of this new science. The next ten to twenty years will provide crucial answers. This book, one in the "Headline Science" series, is illustrated with photographs and sidebars detailing selected facts or features titled "Now You Know" and "Keeping Current" and concludes with a timeline, a glossary, a list of recommended further resources, source notes, a note about the author, and an index. This book is recommended for upper elementary and middle school libraries and science classrooms. Reviewer: Hazel Buys
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756533717
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: The Senses Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 10 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1180L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Noted historian and award-winning author Don Nardo has written many books for young people about American history. Nardo lives with his wife, Christine, in Massachusetts.

Anthony Wacholtz has been a baseball fan since he was old enough to pick up a bat and ball. He earned a degree in English from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has written a biography for young readers of All-Star catcher Joe Mauer. Besides playing softball and following his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins, he enjoys pitting his baseball knowledge against others in fantasy baseball.

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