Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension

Merchants of Immortality: Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension

by Stephen S. Hall
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0618492216

ISBN-13: 9780618492213

Pub. Date: 01/20/2005

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


Regenerative medicine and human life extension are among the most cutting-edge pursuits in science, and potentially among the most profitable. In Merchants of Immortality, Stephen S. Hall offers both an expose of this fascinating science and a case study of the billion-dollar industry that has grown up around it. At the center of the field are stem

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Regenerative medicine and human life extension are among the most cutting-edge pursuits in science, and potentially among the most profitable. In Merchants of Immortality, Stephen S. Hall offers both an expose of this fascinating science and a case study of the billion-dollar industry that has grown up around it. At the center of the field are stem cell research and cloning -- topics of continuous ethical debate -- and the stem cell legislation that has unintentionally created a strange and thriving private-sector business niche.
Merchants of Immortality is a captivating, incisive account of a new frontier at the intersection of biology and business.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780618492213
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
01/20/2005
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
(w) x (h) x 1.06(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: The Never-Ending Life1
1The Hayflick Limit14
2"A Circle Has No Ends"42
3The Born-Again Darwinian60
4"Money for Jam"78
5Controlling the Headwaters92
6"The White House Was Nervous..."105
7Cloning in Silico127
8Hayflick Unlimited146
9"Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys..."158
10Dead in the Water174
11Elxir189
12Unk!206
13Street-Fightin' Man225
14The Snowflake Intervention245
15The Breath of Life272
16Free the Bush 64!294
17Beatitude314
Epilogue: Finitude338
Notes361
Bibliography414
Acknowledgments417
Index421

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