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Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction

Second Edition

Jonathan Slack

September 2021

ISBN: 9780198869290

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

Stem cells are a rapidly developing area of research. This book explains the nature and different types of stem cells, explores their applications in medicine for treating diseases and injuries, and considers the major areas of current research.

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Stem cells are a rapidly developing area of research. This book explains the nature and different types of stem cells, explores their applications in medicine for treating diseases and injuries, and considers the major areas of current research.

  • Explains the nature of stem cells and introduces the different kinds of stem cells
  • Explores their important applications in the treatment of disease and injuries
  • Describes the rise of popular but false stem cell treatments, and how to distinguish between real and fake therapies
  • Considers current research using stem cells and possible developments over the coming years
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over ten million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Jonathan Slack, Emeritus professor, University of Bath and University of Minnesota

Jonathan Slack is a developmental and stem cell biologist. He was Director of the Stem Cell Institute at the University of Minnesota 2007-2013, and has written six books, including Essential Developmental Biology, (2001); Genes: A Very Short Introduction, (2014); and The Science of Stem Cells, (2017). Slack is an elected member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), was awarded the Waddington Medal of the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2002, and WAS elected a Fellow of the UK Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2004.

Table of Contents

    Preface
    1:What are stem cells?
    2:Embryonic stem cells
    3:Personalised pluripotent stem cells
    4:Therapy using pluripotent stem cells
    5:Tissue-specific stem cells
    6:Therapy using tissue-specific stem cells
    7:Expectations: realistic and unrealistic
    Glossary
    Further Reading
    Index

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