Cell of Cells: The Global Race to Capture and Control the Stem Cell

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - Medical - 546 pages
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From a lab in the Sahara, where one problem is sand in the petri dishes, to an Israeli lab that narrowly escapes a terrorist bomb, stem cells have gone global. Not only are the cells studied in an escalating number of labs—and lands—but they are already being used. In Japan, a respected doctor uses the cells to make small women better endowed. In Connecticut, stem cell technology has created cloned cows that roam the hills displaying eerily identical personalities. In Texas, stem cells rejuvenate dying hearts. In China, clinics offer stem cells to patients suffering from everything from paralysis to brain trauma.

In elegant, cogent prose, science journalist Cynthia Fox has illuminated the reality and promise of stem cell therapies. Cell of Cells illustrates how the extensive, fervent experimentation currently under way is causing a revolution, both in the body and in the international body politic.
  

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Science journalist Fox traveled to Egypt, Israel, Singapore, Japan, China, Korea, and the United States to talk with scientists, patients, and physicians dealing with stem cells through such work as ... Read full review

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The Economist: "Ms Fox's book captures the adventures of scientists working towards this medical ambition with a realistic humanity...refreshingly unideological."
The Times Literary Supplement
: "(Cell of Cells) is a very entertaining and readable presentation, replete with charming and highly personal stories about the researchers in the world of stem cells and their venues, addressing these issues and many more with scholarship and thoroughness."
Science: "The knowledge she acquired in her journeys is astonishing in range and depth...The author's fascination with 'science trouncing science fiction,' the potential of stem cells, and our desire to learn what happens next make this a rare can't-put-it-down science book."
Journal of Law and Medicine:"A fascinating and accessible work."
CLCD (Science Books and Films, Vol. 43 #2): "This work beautifully paints a picture of the global landscape of stem cell research."
 

Contents

UNMADE IN AMERICA
17
STEM CELLS IN THE SAHARA
48
SCIENTIFIC PILGRIMAGES
69
IN THE BEGINNING
89
BIOPOLIS
113
WoRLD CLONING WARs
155
STEM CELLS
211
THE MEDICAL REVOLUTION OF
249
SETTING CARDIOLOGISTS
296
THE PROLIFERATING
337
THE FALL OF SEOUL
406
Notes
463
Index
519
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Cynthia Fox is an award-winning writer, focusing on science, whose work has appeared in publications including Wired, Fortune, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Scientist, Engineering in Medicine and Biology , and Discover . She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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