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Publisher's Summary

A landmark book by the senior science writer at Time magazine introduces us to a medical breakthrough that can save our lives.
Few people know much about stem cell research beyond the ethical questions raised by using embryos. But in the last decade, stem cell research has made huge advances toward eliminating some of our most intractable diseases. Now this sweeping and accessible book introduces us to this cutting-edge science, which will revolutionize medicine and change the way we think about and treat disease.
Alice Park takes us from stem cell's controversial beginnings to the recent electrifying promise of being able to create the versatile cells without using embryos at all. She shows us how stem cells give researchers an unprecedented ability to study disease while giving patients the promise of replacing diseased cells with healthy new ones. And she profiles the scientists and leaders - many with their own compelling stories - who have fueled the quest and will continue to shape the field in years to come.
©2011 Alice Park (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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5 out of 5 stars
By Karen on 10-17-16

Great introduction to stem cell research

Written for anyone interested in the subject or in where the future of medicine lies along with the field of immunology; which the study of stem cells has greatly accelerated.

Understanding how we develop, and how mutations appear and affect our fate and that of diseases set us up to develop therapies that recruit our own immune systems

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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 04-08-15

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Interesting, but too focused on politics and history with very little scientific narrative.
Review length shouldn't be in numbered words.

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