Stem Cell Research: Medical Applications and Ethical Controversy

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Infobase Publishing, May 14, 2014 - Stem cells - 193 pages
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Stem Cell Research is a comprehensive and interesting introduction to this popular new science for students and non-experts. Explaining how stems cells can be obtained from several places including skin, bone marrow, and most usefully, embryos, this book covers all the fundamental aspects of stem cell research in an easy-to-follow manner. It presents the questions surrounding the use of embryonic cells in a clear and balanced format while bringing readers up to date on the latest technological advances, applications, and issues regarding stem cell research. A bibliography, glossary, and index complete this worthwhile resource.
 

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Contents

1 Stem Cells Are Not All Equal
1
The Mammalian Embryo
3
Embryonic Stem Cells
5
Adult Stem Cells
9
Stem Cells in Culture
11
Stem Cell Markers
14
2 Human Stem Cells
18
Fate of the Donor Embryo
23
5 Reality Check
58
The Problem of Immune Rejection
59
Spontaneous In Vitro Differentiation
64
Wandering Stem Cells
65
Growing Organs from Cultured Stem Cells
66
6 The Ethics of Stem Cell Research
72
HighTech Cannibalism
74
On Becoming Human
75

Directed Differentiation
24
Growth Factors
28
Future Prospects for Adult Stem Cells
30
3 Medical Applications
34
Leukemia
36
Immune Deficiencies
38
Diabetes
40
Liver Disease
41
Cardiovasclular Disease
43
Organ Factories
49
4 Commercialization of Human Stem Cells
51
Aastrom Biosciences Inc
54
StemCells Inc
55
Geron Corporation
56
The Early Embryo
76
7 Legal Issues
81
The European Union
84
The United States
85
8 Resource Center
88
Recombinant DNA Primer
108
Gene Therapy Primer
120
The Belmont Report
123
The Gelsinger Investigation
126
Clinical Trials
128
Glossary
131
Further Reading
157
Index
163
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Joseph Panno, Ph.D., holds a degree in biology from Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, and specializes in molecular biology and physiology. He has taught a variety of undergraduate biology courses and has been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications including

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