The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research
  • The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research
  • The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research

The Promise and Politics of Stem Cell Research

by Pam Solo, Gail Pressberg
     
 

How did scientific and medical research on something smaller than the period at the end of a sentence come to such prominence in American political life? Confounding the traditional polarized politics of the country previously dominated by anti-abortion and pro-choice politics, the politics of stem cell research may be redrawing the borders of public life. This

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Overview

How did scientific and medical research on something smaller than the period at the end of a sentence come to such prominence in American political life? Confounding the traditional polarized politics of the country previously dominated by anti-abortion and pro-choice politics, the politics of stem cell research may be redrawing the borders of public life. This book explores the new political partnerships that have been formed accross party lines, the remarkable collaborations between scientists and patients as advocates for research, and teh promise of stem cell research that hangs in the balance.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"There is a growing and grassroots demand for action at the federal level on stem cell research. This is a core lesson of the 2006 mid-term election: People want this research to go forward and politicians will be rewarded for taking a clear and unambiguous stand on the issue. This reflects the fact that stem cell research is not a 'right' or 'left' issue—it is something that mainstream America wants to see happen."

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PR Newswire

"Whatever constitutes one's point of view about embryonic stem cells, everyone agrees they are at the center of strong and emotional debate. Solo and Pressberg, president and stem cell advocacy specialist respectively at the Civil Society Institute, note how political reactions to the means and intentions of this research has recreated politics aside from traditional ideological and party lines and created some hitherto unlikely partners. They also describe the new ways in which researchers, patients, and those who feel they may be potential patients are advocating for government funding."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275990381
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Patti Davis

"Stem Cell Research: Promise and Politics makes it clear that the promise of stem cell treatment lies not in the halls of politics, but in the hearts of people. No government can stand in the way of hope."

Patti Davis, author of The Long Goodbye, a book about her father's struggle with Alzheimer's disease and the care that her mother, Nancy Reagan, provided during the various stages of this horrific disease.

Robert Goldstein

"From its inception the debate about support for stem cell research has been a mixture of science and politics. Solo and Pressberg make an eloquent case that the discussion should not be left either to scientists or politicians alone but rather should include a vocal and informed public-after all, the public has the largest stake in the outcome of this debate. They have defined a new role for public opinion--active, intelligent, and outspoken--and significantly raise the bar and define the potential role for public advocacy in future debates about other complex issues."

Robert Goldstein, MD, PhD, MBA, Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International

Patti Davis
"Stem Cell Research: Promise and Politics makes it clear that the promise of stem cell treatment lies not in the halls of politics, but in the hearts of people. No government can stand in the way of hope."
Robert Goldstein
"From its inception the debate about support for stem cell research has been a mixture of science and politics. Solo and Pressberg make an eloquent case that the discussion should not be left either to scientists or politicians alone but rather should include a vocal and informed public-after all, the public has the largest stake in the outcome of this debate. They have defined a new role for public opinion—active, intelligent, and outspoken—and significantly raise the bar and define the potential role for public advocacy in future debates about other complex issues."

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