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The Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 0452297966
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“A tour de force of storytelling.” — Sharon Begley, author of Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain


“Infuses a difficult scientific subject with intrigue, passion, and fun.” — Michael F. Roisen, M.D., coauthor of the YOU series


“Park’s book proves there is truly stem cell hope for all of us, not just hype.” — J. Craig Venter, sequencer of the human genome and author of A Life Decoded

About the Author

Alice Park is a senior reporter with Time magazine, currently serving as head of science coverage. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; 1 edition (June 26, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452297966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452297968
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lynn on October 2, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If you have been aware of the stem cell debate the past few years and have wondered what it means, Alice Park will fill the bill. Written for the general reader, The Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives, brings the reader up to date while filling in the technical/historical details along the way. Profiles of pivotal researchers provides additional insight into the research philosophy and methodology. Importantly, Park details how we have moved far beyond embryonic stem cells over the past decade and unveils how other forms of stem cell research is leading to health care breakthroughs. She points out ethical problems researchers and clinical practitioners face in a balanced way. Stem cell research may ultimately prove to be only a partial answer to health disorders. It may be found to be a dead end street in time. Until that time, Park has provided a good foundation for understanding what is taking place.
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Interesting, well written, and thoroughly researched. Too basic for the stem cell researcher and may be too detailed for the casual reader. May be useful for someone who will undergo stem cell therapy. Probably a bit out of date by 2014.
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The Stem Cell Hope was a very enjoyable book to read. It reads like a novel on the timeline of political, scientific, and moral issues that have been raised over the issue of embryonic stem cells. There is not much in regards to the technical aspects, but that was not to be expected. The only thing I was slightly disappointed about was that Alice Park decided to ignore the promise of adult stem cells completely. Even in the preface, Alice makes it clear that this book does not cover any issues relating to adult stem cells.
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i read this book as a primer for the topic area, stem cells. it provides a good overview of stem cells, what they are and some meaning of what you read behind the headlines. the author is credible,and has access to the leading researchers in the field, tells you what the researchers are actually doing right now and what they have done. it is an exciting topic, but we also need updates on what the most promising areas of breakthrough would be. for example, would like to know, (1) can this cure spinal cord injuries and when? (2) cure baldness? (3) pancreatic cancer? we need updates to each area that pertains to the topic. so read the book for a comprehensive update of the topic and well written, it will explain the scientific issues and terminology in something the average person can understand. a good read. recommend.
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it was just what I wanted and am enjoying it daily. thank you
I suggest this to everyone interested in life
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