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What exactly are these biological wonders – these things called stem cells? They may be tiny, but their impact is earth shaking, generating ...
What exactly are these biological wonders – these things called stem cells? They may be tiny, but their impact is earth shaking, generating excitement among medical researchers – and outright turmoil in political circles. They are reported to be nothing short of miraculous. But they have also incited fear and mistrust in many. Indeed, recent research on stem cells raises important questions as rapidly as it generates new discoveries.
The power of stem cells rests in their unspecialized but marvelously flexible nature. They are the clay of life waiting for the cellular signal that will coax them into taking on the shape of the beating cells of the heart muscle or the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. With a wave of our medical magic wand, it’s possible that stem cells could be used to effectively treat (even cure) diseases such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and even baldness.
But should scientists be allowed to pick apart four-day-old embryos in order to retrieve stem cells? And when stem cells whisper to us of immortality – they can divide and perpetuate new cells indefinitely – how do we respond? Stem cells are forcing us to not only reexamine how we define the beginning of life but how we come to terms with the end of life as well.
Meticulously researched, artfully balanced, and engagingly told, Ann Parson chronicles a scientific discovery in progress, exploring the ethical debates, describing the current research, and hinting of a spectacular new era in medicine. The Proteus Effect is as timely as it is riveting.
|1||Plant or animal?||13|
|2||Mouse strain 129||25|
|3||The purple cell||47|
|4||Mystery in a dish||67|
|5||The embryo experiments||83|
|6||The canary's song||101|
|7||After the birth of Louise Brown||123|
|8||Monkeys to humans||133|
|9||Epic upon epic||155|
|10||Marrow to brain?||179|
|11||The art of cell replacement||205|
Posted May 13, 2013
The book The Proteus Effect by Ann Parson is a thrilling documentation of different scientist nation-wide and their findings dealing with Stem Cell Research. Each chapter conveys a different story of how a new Stem Cell scientific finding was originally founded and what it was turned out to help cure. Stem Cell findings are a key in the Science for finding that can eventually become medical cures for diseases and sicknesses of all kinds. Each different report of a Stem Cell finding in this book is nothing short of a miracle, helping one way or another save a life, whether it is a human or an animal. The book overall doesn't portray a story with a climax like a normal book, the book is just many short stories of the same topic (Stem Cells). Wouldn't say it's a must read unless you have too, because the book contains large vocabulary and confusing scientific terminology that made it hard to understand.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 6, 2005
Excellent work here. Well rounded and researched. Written for both the medical professionals as well as the lay readers. This is a fascinating topic as readers will find. A must read for all those with an interest.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 16, 2004
I have always wanted to know more about this subject but usually have a hard time getting through science books. Ann Parson however had me turning the pages. Proteus Effect is a very timely, informative, and readable book. A must read for everyone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.