Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, 1st Edition

  • Published By: SAGE
  • ISBN-10: 1412963958
  • ISBN-13: 9781412963954
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 902 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2008 | Published/Released September 2008
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2008

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The Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research provides a clear understanding of the basic concepts in stem cell biology and addresses the politics, ethics, and challenges currently facing the field. While stem cells are exciting alone, they are also clearly fueling the traditional areas of developmental biology and the field of regenerative medicine. These two volumes present more than 320 articles that explore major topics related to the emerging science of stem cell research and therapy.

Key Features

  • Describes the different types of stem cells that have been reported so far and, where possible, tries to explain for each age, tissue, and species what is known about the biology of the cells and their history
  • Captures a strong sense of stem cell biology as it stands today and provides the reader with a reference manual to probe the mysteries of the field
  • Considers various religious, legal, and political perspectives
  • Includes selected reprints of major journal articles that pertain to the milestones achieved in stem cell research
  • Elucidates stem cell terminology for the nonscientist.


"The bulk of the 319 entries describe the work of individual scientists, universities and other research institutions to understand stem cells and their potential for medicine. Also noted is the work of advocacy groups and international organizations. The status of stem cell research in each state and 21 other countries is reviewed. The political and ethical debate is addressed in articles on Congressional and executive actions, religious attitudes and legal issues. However, the political confusion on the issue is best presented in appendices documenting federal funding, Congressional hearings on the subject and reports to the President’s Council on Bioethics. In terms of answering the basic questions about stem cells, this set does best in presenting their potential uses and the nature of current research on the subject. Considering the rapid pace of discovery in this developing field, the editors fully understand that their guide will not be the last word on the subject. Nonetheless, they provide an excellent starting point for understanding a truly exciting area of scientific research." --Lawrence Looks at Books, September 2008

— Lawrence Looks at Books

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: About the General Editors.
Reader's Guide.
List of Articles.
List of Contributors.
2: Aastrom Biosciences, Inc..
3: Advocacy.
4: Alabama.
5: Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
6: Alvarez—Buylla, Arturo.
7: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
8: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
9: Anversa, Piero.
10: Arizona.
11: Arkansas.
12: Australia.
13: Batten Disease.
14: Baylor College of Medicine.
15: Belgium.
16: Biotechnology, History of.
17: Birth Dating of Cells by Retrovirus.
18: Blood.
19: Bone Diseases.
20: Bone Marrow Transplants.
21: Bonn University.
22: Brain.
23: Brazil.
24: BrdU/Thymidine.
25: Burnham Institute.
26: Burns.
27: California.
28: California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
29: Caltech.
30: Cambridge University.
31: Canadian Stem Cell Network.
32: Cancer.
33: Case Western Reserve University.
34: Cells, Adult.
35: Cells, Amniotic.
36: Cells, Developing.
37: Cells, Embryonic.
38: Cells, Fetal.
39: Cells, Human.
40: Cells, Monkey.
41: Cells, Mouse (Embryonic).
42: Cells, Neural.
43: Cells, Sources of.
44: Cells, Umbilical.
45: Cell Sorting.
46: Charo, Robin Alta.
47: Children's Hospital, Boston.
48: Chimera Formation (Animal and Human).
49: China.
50: China Stem Cell News.
51: Christopher Reeve Foundation.
52: Clinical Trials (Adult Cells).
53: Clinical Trials Outside U.S.: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
54: Clinical Trials Outside U.S.: Avascular Necrosis.
55: Clinical Trials Outside U.S.: Severe Coronary Artery Disease.
56: Clinical Trials Outside U.S.: Spinal Cord Injury.
57: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Batten Disease.
58: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Blind Process.
59: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Cancer.
60: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Heart Disease.
61: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Peripheral Vascular Disease.
62: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Skin Transplants (Burns).
63: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Spinal Cord Injury.
64: Clinical Trials Within U.S.: Traumatic Brain Injury.
65: Clinical Trials Worldwide.
66: Cloning.
67: Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research.
68: Colorado.
69: Columbia University.
70: Congress: Votes and Amendments (Cloning/Embryos).
71: Connecticut.
72: Coriell Institute.
73: Cytogenetic Instability of Stem Cells.
74: Delaware.
75: Denmark.
76: Developmental Biology.
77: Diabetes.
78: Dickey Amendment.
79: Differentiation, In Vitro and In Vivo.
80: Division Types (Symmetrical and Asymmetrical).
81: DNA Fingerprinting of Stem Cells.
82: Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics.
83: Down Syndrome.
84: Duke University.
85: East of England Stem Cell Network.
86: Eaves, Connie.
87: EC Cell Isolation.
88: Eggan, Kevin.
89: Egg Donation.
90: Ethics.
91: European Consortium for Stem Cell Research—EuroStemCell.
92: Experimental Models.
93: Federal Government Policies.
94: Feeder/Feeder—Free Culture.
95: Florida.
96: Fluorescence—Activated Cell Sorting.
97: Fragile X Syndrome.
98: France.
99: Fuchs, Elaine.
100: Funding for IVF.
101: Gage, Fred.
102: Gearhart, John.
103: Genetics Policy Institute.
104: Georgia.
105: Germany.
106: Germ Layers (Mesoderm, Ectoderm, Endoderm).
107: Geron Corporation.
108: Goldman, Steven A..
109: Gut Stem Cells.
110: Harvard University.
111: Hawaii.
112: Heart.
113: Heart Attack.
114: Homologous Recombination.
115: Human Embryonic Stem Cells.
116: Huntington's Disease.
117: Idaho.
118: Illinois.
119: India.
120: Indiana.
121: Indiana University.
122: Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells.
123: International Laws.
124: International Society for Stem Cell Research.
125: International Stem Cell Forum.
126: In Vitro Fertilization.
127: Iowa.
128: Iran.
129: Israel.
130: Italy.
131: Jaenisch, Rudolf.
132: Japan.
133: Japan Human Cell Society.
134: Johns Hopkins University.
135: Kansas.
136: Keller, Gordon.
137: Kentucky.
138: Korea, South.
139: Kriegstein, Arnold.
140: Kyoto University.
141: Lanza, Robert.
142: Lasker Foundation.
143: Lineages.
144: Liver.
145: Losordo, Douglas.
146: Louisiana.
147: Macklis, Jeffrey.
148: Maine.
149: Mammary Stem Cells.
150: Markers of Sternness.
151: Maryland.
152: Massachusetts.
153: Massachusetts General Hospital.
154: Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
155: Mayo Clinic.
156: McKay, Ronald D. G..
157: McMaster University.
158: Medical Research Council.
159: Medical Tourism and Stem Cells.
160: Melton, Doug.
161: Methods of Growing Cells.
162: Michael J. Fox Foundation.
163: Michigan.
164: Microenvironment and Immune Issues.
165: Microscope.
166: Minnesota.
167: Mississippi.
168: Missouri.
169: Montana.
170: Moral Status of Embryo.
171: Morrison, Sean.
172: Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
173: Mouse ES Cell Isolation.
174: MRI Tracking.
175: Multiple Sclerosis.
176: Mummery, Christine.
177: National Academy of Sciences.
178: National Institutes of Health.
179: National Right to Life Committee.
180: National Stem Cell Bank.
181: Nebraska.
182: Netherlands.
183: Neuralstem.
184: Neurosphere Cultures.
185: Nevada.
186: New Hampshire.
187: New Jersey.
188: New Mexico.
189: New York.
190: Niche Self—Renewal.