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"Aimed at students and general readers, this volume provides a wealth of background information on this controversial field, describing what stem cells are, how they are cultivated in the laboratory, and how researchers hope they may be used in the treatment of various diseases and disorders. Ethical and religious considerations relating to stem cell research are also discussed. An annotated list of primary sources is found at the back of the volume, along with a glossary and timeline."
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"Kelly provides a balanced overview of the topic of stem cells, written in a style particularly accessible to nonspecialists in science or ethics. Joining numerous other recent publications, this book is especially appropriate for readers seeking background information and an understanding of the controversy inherent in this topic. Kelly explains important concepts and puts stem cell research in historical context by describing important events and discoveries. Readers get a crash course in the sources and cultivation of stem cells; diseases and disorders for which stem cells hold the promise of treatment; and tissue engineering, which focuses on devising techniques to grow or build replacement parts for human bodies. Kelly treats fully the challenging and multifaceted arena of human subjects research, including ethical principles and regulatory approaches used in the US and other countries; and she presents the varied religious viewpoints. A nice feature is the inclusion of primary research documents, annotated to show their relevance to the work at hand. A glossary, further reading list, and index add value. Recommended. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, general readers, and professionals."
"The structure of this book is basically a modified outline, making the narrative easy for the unsophisiticated reader to keep the various sections organized in his or her mind. The progression of the topics in the background sections is logical and seems appropriate. The presentation is not too technical and is easy to read and understand."