Dreams and Due Diligence: Till & McCulloch's Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy

Dreams and Due Diligence: Till & McCulloch's Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy

by Joe Sornberger


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Dreams and Due Diligence: Till & McCulloch's Stem Cell Discovery and Legacy by Joe Sornberger

In proving the existence of stem cells, Ernest Armstrong McCulloch and James Edgar Till formed the most important partnership in Canadian medical research since Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the discoverers of insulin. Together, Till and McCulloch instructed, influenced, and inspired successive generations of researchers who have used their findings to make huge advances against disease. Thousands of people who would have died from leukemia and immunological disorders now owe their lives to therapies developed from their discoveries.

Despite their accomplishments, Till and McCulloch remain largely unknown, and until now, their story has remained untold. Dreams and Due Diligence vividly chronicles the work of two researchers who made medical history - two men who possessed exactly the right complementary talents to achieve greatness and win nearly every award available in medical research. Bringing their legacy to life for the first time, Joe Sornberger provides a dramatic account of the development of stem cell research, one of today's most ground-breaking medical scientific fields.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442644854
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 10/05/2011
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Joe Sornberger is a writer and editor based in Ottawa.

Table of Contents



Part I: Discovery
1. On a Sunday in 1960
2. After the A-Bomb, before the Beatles
3. The Impossible partnership

Part II: Development
4. A bunch of kids having a good time
5. The progeny

Part III: Today and Tomorrow
6. Ethics, hope and hype
7. The evil twin: the cancer stem cell
8. The beneficiary
9. The future
10. Little fame, no Nobel


What People are Saying About This

Alain Beaudet

‘The stem cell discoveries made by Till and McCulloch are milestone moments in medical research. That more Canadians don’t know about Jim and ‘Bun’ and celebrate their achievements remains a huge oversight. Theirs is an amazing story, and Joe Sornberger, who makes complicated science compellingly readable, tells it wonderfully well.’

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