The Stem Cell Divide: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Fear Driving the Greatest Scientific, Political, and Religious Debate of Our Time / Edition 1

The Stem Cell Divide: The Facts, the Fiction, and the Fear Driving the Greatest Scientific, Political, and Religious Debate of Our Time / Edition 1

by Michael Bellomo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814408818

ISBN-13: 9780814408810

Pub. Date: 08/11/2006

Publisher: AMACOM Books

"There has been much recent debate about the merits, dangers, and nature of stem cell research. Some see in it the answer to every debilitating disease known to man, while others see it as a step away from human cloning.

While the battle has raged, research is moving ahead, and California has already passed a measure that will give $3 billion in support to

Overview

"There has been much recent debate about the merits, dangers, and nature of stem cell research. Some see in it the answer to every debilitating disease known to man, while others see it as a step away from human cloning.

While the battle has raged, research is moving ahead, and California has already passed a measure that will give $3 billion in support to stem cell research. But as politics, religion, and the media weigh in on this complex issue, more and more of the scientific reality of stem cell research is getting lost.

In the search for the truth about stem cell science, the author has interviewed the scientists whose cutting-edge research is at the very heart of this hot-button issue. The book explains what they have accomplished so far, what they’re currently doing, and what they see on the horizon.

The Stem Cell Divide does not take sides, and the author debunks the distortions and exaggerations that come from every camp. This book does not tell readers what to think, but gives them the facts necessary to form their own opinions about one of the most divisive, complex, and potentially life-changing developments in history."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814408810
Publisher:
AMACOM Books
Publication date:
08/11/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
17 Years

Table of Contents

"Acknowledgments, ix

Introduction, 1

[PART I]

Discovery of the Stem Cell’s Unique Abilities

1 Morning on the Devil’s Highway, 7

2 Head of the Hydra, 19

3 The Furnace of Creation, 31

4 The Ugliest Thing in Medicine, 41

5 The Starter Culture, 51

[PART II]

The Race to Harness the Power of Life

6 California Dreaming, 65

7 Investing in Hope and Hype, 75

8 From Roe to Dickey, 87

9 Division on the Hill, 97

10 Stem Cell Superpowers, 107

11 The Rise and Fall of South Korea’s Cloning King, 119

[PART III]

Stem Cell Cures and Curses

12 Therapeutic Cloning and Regenerative Medicine, 133

13 Resolving the Debate: Adult vs. Embryonic Stem Cells, 143

14 Germ of an Idea, 153

15 Needles and Haystacks, 159

16 Banking on Cord Blood, 167

17 So Close and Yet So Far, 175

18 The Mitochondrial Barrier, 183

19 Cautionary Tales: The Coming Stem Cell Decade, 197

20 Epilogue: The Coming Stem Cell Century, 207

Appendix A: Protocols and Nutrient Mixes for Culturing

Human Cells, 219

Appendix B: The California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative:

Selected Text from California Proposition 71, 227

Sources, 233

Glossary of Terms, 243

Index, 255"

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