The first authoritative yet accessible guide to this controversial topic Stem Cell Research For Dummies offers a balanced, plain-English look at this politically charged topic, cutting away the hype and presenting the facts clearly for you, free from debate. It explains what stem cells are and what they do, the legalities of harvesting them and using them in research, the latest research findings from the U.S. and abroad, and the prospects for medical stem cell therapies in the short and long term. Explains the differences between adult stem cells and embryonic/umbilical cord stem cells Provides both sides of the political debate and the pros and cons of each side's opinions Includes medical success stories using stem cell therapy and its promise for the future Comprehensive and unbiased, Stem Cell Research For Dummies is the only guide you need to understand this volatile issue.
Introduction. Part I: Brushing Up on Biology. Chapter 1: Painting the Broad Strokes of Stem Cell Science. Chapter 2: Understanding Cells and Tissues. Chapter 3: Tracing the History of Stem Cell Research. Part II: Delving into Stem Cell Science. Chapter 4: Starting with Embryonic Stem Cells. Chapter 5: Understanding Adult Stem Cells. Chapter 6: Exploring Other Stem Cell Sources. Chapter 7: Understanding Why Scientists Mix and Match Cells. Part III: Discovering How Stem Cells Can Affect the Future. Chapter 8: Looking into Cancer’s Cradle: Cancer Stem Cells. Chapter 9: Using Stem Cells to Understand and Treat Neurodegenerative Diseases. Chapter 10: Improving Therapies for Diseases of the Heart, Liver, and Pancreas. Chapter 11: Improving Drug Development. Part IV: Putting Stem Cells to Use Today. Chapter 12: Where We Are Now: Stem Cell Treatments, Trials, and Possibilities. Chapter 13: Understanding the Role of Stem Cells in Transplants. Chapter 14: Putting Stem Cells in the Bank. Part V: Understanding the Debate: Ethics, Laws, and Money. Chapter 15: Exploring Ethical, Religious, Philosophical, and Moral Questions. Chapter 16: Getting a Handle on Current Stem Cell Laws and Policies. Chapter 17: Following the Money: Understanding Stem Cell Funding and Profits. Part VI: The Part of Tens. Chapter 18: Ten (or So) Stem Cell Myths. Chapter 19: Ten Hurdles to Stem Cell Use. Chapter 20: Ten Possibilities for the Future of Stem Cells. Chapter 21: Ten (or So) Things to Do Before You Consider Stem Cell Treatment. Chapter 22: Ten (or So) Great Resources to Stay Up to Date. Glossary. Index.
Lawrence S.B. Goldstein, PhD, one of the world's foremost experts in stem cell research, is Director of the Stem Cell Initiative at the University of California, San Diego. Meg Schneider is the author or coauthor of several books, including COPD For Dummies.
A balanced, plain-English guide to this politically charged topic This friendly, practical guide cuts away the hype and clearly presents the facts on stem cells. It explains what stem cells are and what they do, the legalities of harvesting them and using them in research, the latest research findings from the United States and abroad, and the prospects for medical stem cell therapies in the short and long term. Brushing up on biology — understand the basics of cells and tissues and take a guided tour of the history of stem cell research Delving into stem cell science — get easy-to-follow explanations of embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells, and sources of stem cells Where we are now — dig into the current practices in stem cell treatments, trials, and transplants The possibilities are endless — discover how stem cells are projected to make medical advances in the understanding and improved treatment of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and more Understanding the debate — explore the ethical, religious, philosophical, and moral questions related to stem cell research and get armed with the knowledge needed to take an informed stance Open the book and find: The current laws and policies Ethical, religious, and moral considerations How stem cells are being used to understand and treat specific diseases Safety issues associated with stem cells The pros and cons of current treatments Promising leads for spinal cord injuries Uses for hybrid, chimera, clone, and cybrid cells How stem cell banking works Learn to: Sort through straight, unbiased facts about the stem cell debate Understand what stem cells are and how they work Appreciate how stem cells are used in research and treatment Look to the future to what's in store for stem cell research