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Stem cells and the future of regenerative medicine
National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on the Biological and Biomedical Applications of Stem Cell Research.
Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : National Academy Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
xv, 94 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Project overview and definitions -- Adult stem cells -- Embryonic stem cells -- Opportunities for and barriers to progress in stem cell research for regenerative medicine -- Findings and recommendations.
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QH587 .S726 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QH587 .S726 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Recent scientific breakthroughs, celebrity patient advocates, and conflicting religious beliefs have come together to bring the state of stem cell research "specifically embryonic stem cell research "into the political crosshairs. President Bush (TM)s watershed policy statement allows federal funding for embryonic stem cell research but only on a limited number of stem cell lines. Millions of Americans could be affected by the continuing political debate among policymakers and the public.

Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine provides a deeper exploration of the biological, ethical, and funding questions prompted by the therapeutic potential of undifferentiated human cells. In terms accessible to lay readers, the book summarizes what we know about adult and embryonic stem cells and discusses how to go about the transition from mouse studies to research that has therapeutic implications for people.

Perhaps most important, Stem Cells and the Future of Regenerative Medicine also provides an overview of the moral and ethical problems that arise from the use of embryonic stem cells. This timely book compares the impact of public and private research funding and discusses approaches to appropriate research oversight.

Based on the insights of leading scientists, ethicists, and other authorities, the book offers authoritative recommendations regarding the use of existing stem cell lines versus new lines in research, the important role of the federal government in this field of research, and other fundamental issues.

Reviews 1

Choice Review

This too-slim volume from a June 2001 workshop, targeted at the educated public, is well produced, clear, readable, extensively indexed, with biographies of speakers and even an agenda of the meeting. Half a dozen pages of glossary and about 70 references support the seven findings and recommendations presented here. Useful illustrations outline processes of embryonic and adult stem cell development, somatic cell nuclear transfer, and normal embryogenesis. Papers identify potential therapies based on stem cells, arguing persuasively that adult stem cells and embryonic stem cells already in culture are not likely to supply sufficient quantities in pure and stable form to use for therapies. Controversy over production and use of embryonic stem cells is acknowledged, but no effort is made to fully characterize or develop ethical positions. Science is treated as largely amoral. One recommendation is formation of a national advisory group that would deal with such ethical issues, assuming that research will continue and receive federal funding. More extensive and informative audio files of original presentations will be available at the National Academy Web site until Dec 2002. As a start, this volume may suffice, but much more is needed. General readers; lower-division undergraduates through professionals. L. C. Davis Kansas State University