Essentials of Stem Cell Biology
by Robert Lanza
Edition: 1st., 2006
This abridgment of the Handbook of Stem Cells attempts to incorporate all the essential subject matter of the original twovolume edition in a single volume. The material has been reworked in an accessible format suitable for students and general readers interested in following the latest advances in stem cells. Although some extra language and chapters have been deleted, rigorous effort has been made to retain from the
original two-volume set that which is pertinent to the understanding of this exciting area of biology.
The organization of the book remains largely unchanged, combining the prerequisites for a general understanding of adult and embryonic stem cells; the tools, methods, and experimental protocols needed to study and characterize stem cells and progenitor populations; as well as a presentation by the world’s experts of what is currently known about each specific organ system. No topic in the field of stem cells is left uncovered, including basic biology/mechanisms, early development, ectoderm, mesoderm, endoderm, methods (such as detailed descriptions of how to derive and maintain animal and human embryonic stem cells), application of stem cells to specific human diseases, regulation and ethics, and patient perspectives.
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