From the Publisher
"... an impressive encyclopedia of modern biotechnology that presents complex material in short, easy-to-grasp chapters...a solid, informative effort...Summing Up: Highly recommended."--CHOICE
"...Explains in straightforward, non-specialist language the basic biology of stem cells and their applications in modern medicine and future therapy…Includes extensive coverage of adult and embryonic stem cells..."--Anticancer Research, February 2015
"... a valuable resource for both biologists and nonbiologists interested in the history and the state-of-the-art developments in the field of stem cell research and its applications. The writing style is quite engaging, and numerous illustrations help to explain the concepts. 3 Stars - Score: 85"--Doody's.com, Nov 14 2014
Stem Cells, 1st Edition - Winner of two British Medical Association 2011 awards: BMA Board of Science Award for the Public Understanding of Science and First Prize in the category of Basic and Clinical Sciences
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Joanna Goral, PhD (Midwestern University)
Description: This is a comprehensive and accessible overview of the history and recent developments in academic and clinical stem cell research. With the many advances and new developments in this dynamic field, this update of the 2010 edition is fully justified.
Purpose: The book extensively reviews the scientific facts about stem cells and their remarkable promise in developing new treatments for cancer and chronic diseases of old age, in drug discovery, and their application in biotechnology and tissue engineering. The authors also address ethical issues that surround the use of embryonic stem cells and warn about fraudulent stem cell practices that continue to increase.
Audience: The intended audience is diverse, including students and scientists, as well as nonbiologists, who are interested in this field.
Features: Among the many publications in the field of stem cell biology, this book is truly important because of its accessibility to a general audience. The opening chapters introduce the basic biology of the cell, describe embryonic development, and define and characterize different types of stem cells. Subsequent chapters are devoted to applications of stem cells in regenerative medicine, the significance of stem cells in cancer development and treatment, new developments in human disease models, personalized medicine, and drug discovery. Applications of stem cells in veterinary medicine are also discussed. The field of stem cell research offers great promise, but is mired in controversy and the authors present all sides of the debate. They also devote an entire chapter to "stem cell tourism," a practice among patients who pay large sums of money for often unproven stem cell therapies.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for both biologists and nonbiologists interested in the history and the state-of-the-art developments in the field of stem cell research and its applications. The writing style is quite engaging, and numerous illustrations help to explain the concepts. Many historical, informative, and anecdotal vignettes enliven the book.