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Stem Cells – A Very Short Introduction
Author: Jonathan Slack
Publisher: Oxford University Press
The latest addition to this popular pocket-book series from Oxford University Press is by Jonathan Slack, a prominent researcher and director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota in the United States.
Stem cells are one of the most talked about developments in science, with many experts believing that they hold the hope of curing a range of devastating conditions. Professor Slack provides a snapshot of the basic science and a realistic appraisal of the potential therapeutic benefits.
While stressing that stem cell therapy is in its infancy, he writes with optimism that many hurdles will be overcome and addresses many questions relating to the controversy over stem cell research in the US.
Professor Slack describes the basic properties of stem cells and what makes them an exciting area of research. He discusses pluripotent stem cells, which can give rise to any fetal or adult cell type, and the potential for tissue-specific stem cells to be used in medicine and research.
I would recommend this clearly written book to everyone.
Reviewer: Simon McGurk
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