Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine

Overview

Recent scientific breakthroughs, celebrity patient advocates, and conflicting religious beliefs have come together to bring the state of stem cell research—specifically embryonic stem cell research—into the political crosshairs. President Bush’s watershed policy statement allows federal funding for embryonic stem cell research but only on a limited number of stem cell lines. Millions of Americans could be affected by the continuing political debate among policymakers and the ...
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Overview

Recent scientific breakthroughs, celebrity patient advocates, and conflicting religious beliefs have come together to bring the state of stem cell research—specifically embryonic stem cell research—into the political crosshairs. President Bush’s watershed policy statement allows federal funding for embryonic stem cell research but only on a limited number of stem cell lines. Millions of Americans could be affected by the continuing political debate among policymakers and the public.

Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine provides a deeper exploration of the biological, ethical, and funding questions prompted by the therapeutic potential of undifferentiated human cells. In terms accessible to lay readers, the book summarizes what we know about adult and embryonic stem cells and discusses how to go about the transition from mouse studies to research that has therapeutic implications for people.

Perhaps most important, Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine also provides an overview of the moral and ethical problems that arise from the use of embryonic stem cells. This timely book compares the impact of public and private research funding and discusses approaches to appropriate research oversight.

Based on the insights of leading scientists, ethicists, and other authorities, the book offers authoritative recommendations regarding the use of existing stem cell lines versus new lines in research, the important role of the federal government in this field of research, and other fundamental issues.

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NSTA Recommends
A wide range of perspectives is addressed in this concise and informative book ... clear presentation and well-defined language ... Appropriate for adults or advanced students, the book is high on scientific language, but the text, glossary, tables, charts, and figures clarify the scientific processes.
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This report presents the findings of the Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Application of Stem Cell Research Material and makes recommendations regarding the use of existing stem cell lines versus new lines in research, the role of the federal government in this field of research, and other fundamental issues impacting potential stem cell-based therapies. The report summarizes what is known about adult and embryonic stem cells, and overviews the moral and ethical problems surrounding research on embryonic stem cells. Material originated at a June 2001 workshop. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309076302
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 1/23/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 112

Table of Contents

Front Matter
Executive Summary
Project Overview and Definitions
2. Adult Stem Cells
3. Embryonic Stem Cells
4. Opportunities for and Barriers to Progress in Stem Cell Research for Regenerative Medicine
5. Findings and Recommendations
References
Glossary
Appendix A: Committee Biographies
Appendix B: Workshop Agenda and Speaker Biographies
Index
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