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Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction

Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

By Slack, Jonathan

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The topic of stem cells has been very high profile in the media in recent years. There is much public interest in stem cells but also much confusion and misinformation, with some companies already offering 'stem cell products' and bogus 'stem cell therapies'. In this Very Short I...ntroduction, Jonathan Slack introduces stem cells; what they are, what scientists do with them, what stem cell therapies are available today, and how they might be used in future. Despite important advances, clinical applications of stem cells are still in their infancy. Most real stem cell therapy today is some form of bone marrow transplantation. Slack introduces stem cells by explaining the difference between embryonic stem cells, which exist only in laboratory cultures, and tissue-specific stem cells, which exist in our bodies. Embryonic stem cells can become any cell type in the body, so diseases that may in future be treated by functional cells derived from these sorts of stem cell include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and spinal trauma. He then goes on to discuss the properties of tissue-specific stem cells and the important technique of bone marrow transplantation. Slack concludes by analysing how medical innovation has occurred in this area in the past, and draws out some of the lessons for the development of new therapies in the future.
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ISBN 9780199603381
Released NZ 23 Apr 2012
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Format Paperback
Series Very Short Introductions
Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks

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ISBN-13 9780199603381
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Oxford University Press (S3)
Imprint Oxford University Press
Released 23 Apr 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Slack, Jonathan
Series Very Short Introductions
Category Medicine: General Issues
Medical Research
Cellular Physiology
Cellular Biology
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 115mm
Height: 172mm
Spine: 9mm
Dewey Code 616.02774
Weight 127g
Interest Age 14+ years
Reading Age 14+ years
Library of Congress Stem cells
NBS Text Medical Nursing & Ancillary Services
ONIX Text College/higher education;Professional and scholarly