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The Stem Cell Dilemma: Beacons of Hope or Harbingers of Doom? Hardcover – April 9, 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing; 1 edition (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559708727
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559708722
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,423,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Leo Furcht, M.D., is Allan-Pardee professor and chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the University of Minnesota Medical School. He lives in Minneapolis.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert Hoffman on August 25, 2008
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Timely, levelheaded investigation of stem-cell medicine.

Stem cells possess the power to regenerate and repair body tissue, Furcht and Hoffman (both: Laboratory Medicine and Pathology/Univ. of Minnesota Medical School) remind us. Some of that power has been tapped, for instance, in countering bone-marrow failure. But stem cells' theoretical potential to regenerate and restore all of the body's tissues, particularly via embryonic stem cells, will be fully realized, if ever, only after extensive research. Nothing is starry-eyed in this plainspoken, well-tuned text. Although researchers are unveiling the mystery of stem cells everyday, and much lies in the province of possibility, the authors aver that those possibilities are based on good science, which they capably explicate for the reader. Their treatment of the stem-cell issue is thoroughgoing, acknowledging that embryonic stem-cell research raises bioethical as well as biological questions, and that economic considerations play a role in its development. They treat the ethical issue with respect, applying a cross-cultural perspective to everything from designer babies to the commodification of life. They make a case for continued research with some intelligent form of governance: "Ethical lines move all the time within the polity, subject to the dynamics of the polity--that is, politics." The denial of federal funds, they fear, will contribute to the brain drain of researchers from the United States, despite infusions of state, philanthropic and venture capital.
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This is an excellent resource. The text offers an detailed introduction to both the science and the politics of stem cell research. The work is a light read, broken down into 6 chapters. A strongly recommended read that could be used in high schools for advanced placement courses, a colleage text or for the professional office that performs work in stem cell research.

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