Promise and Reality

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World Scientific Pub Co Inc
Stem Cells: Promises and Reality will tell you everything you have always wanted to know about stem cells, but could not understand the field from elsewhere.Stem cells are the great therapeutic promise of the century, and this evolving field of research and medicine brings with it many legal, ethical and psychological issues that must be discussed by society as a whole.Written so as to be accessible to general readers as well as specialists, this book explains what stem cells are, and the different aspects of stem cell research and applications. The book will enable the reader to understand the field sufficiently to critically participate in the public debates regarding stem cell research and society and ethics. By the end of the book, the reader will also be able to judge news on the stem cells field, and to discern what are real advances and what are phony treatments.The main advantage of this book in comparison with other "stem cells for the general public" books is that it assumes the reader knows NOTHING about biology, except what is already common knowledge (for example, that we are made of cells). The book constructs step by step the required basic biology knowledge in order for the reader to understand all the different aspects of stem cells. At the same time that it is thorough in its stem cells-based content, and will keep the reader engaged with its narrative.

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Targeting specialists as well as general readers, Pereira’s book describes various types of stem cells, their advantages and limitations, and how they can be used for therapy and research. He cites that, until recently, medical interventions rested on three pillars: medical devices; drugs; and biological drugs. Today reveals a historical moment--the development of the fourth pillar--cell therapy. While still in the early stages, the fourth pillar saw the first the first clinical trials with embryonic stem cells (SCs) in 2010. He notes the need for carefully balanced doses of enthusiasm, humility, perseverance, daring and responsibility in order to fulfill the therapeutic promise of stem cells. Since stem-cell research is so dynamic, Pereira provides a website which offers: Current data on clinical trials with adult and embryonic stem cells, information on the use of induced pleuripotent stem cells (iPSCs) in order to understand the mechanisms involved in various different diseases to identify these diseases and to identify new drugs to combat them, and reports on the evolution of tissue-specific SCS for regenerative medicine. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New Jersey :, World Scientific,, [2017]
ISBN: 9789813100190


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