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Essentials of Stem Cell Biology - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780120884421, 9780080456553

Essentials of Stem Cell Biology

1st Edition

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Editors: Robert Lanza John Gearhart Brigid Hogan Douglas Melton Roger Pedersen E. Donnall Thomas James Thomson
eBook ISBN: 9780080456553
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 21st November 2005
Page Count: 584
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This abridged version of the bestselling reference Handbook of Stem Cells, Two-Volume Set attempts to incorporate all the essential subject matter of the original two-volume 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, including full color presentation throughout. Although some extra language and chapters have been deleted, rigorous effort has been made to retain from the original two-volume set the material 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.

Key Features

  • Full-color presentation througout
  • Each chapter begins with 3-5 defined glossary terms, and all of the terms are collected in a comprehensive list within the book
  • References have been eliminated - now there are about 10 bibliographic entries per chapter


Researchers, Grad Students in Biology, Stem Cell Researchers, Professionals in the field of Tissue Engineering, Bone Biologists.

Table of Contents

Part One. Introduction to stem cells. Part Two. Basic biology/mechanisms. Part Three. Tissue and organ development. Part Four. Methods. Part Five. Applications. Part Six. Regulation and ethics.


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About the Editors

Robert Lanza

Robert Lanza

Robert Lanza, M.D. is currently Head of Astellas Global Regenerative Medicine, Chief Scientific Officer of AIRM and an adjunct professor at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Time magazine recognized him as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and Prospect magazine named him one of the Top 50 “World Thinkers.” His research focuses on stem cells and their potential to provide therapies for some of the world's most deadly and debilitating conditions. He has hundreds of scientific publications and over 30 books, including definitive references in the fields of tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. He is a former Fulbright Scholar, and studied with polio-pioneer Jonas Salk and Nobel laureates Gerald Edelman and Rodney Porter. He also worked closely (and co-authored a series of papers) with psychologist BF Skinner and heart transplant-pioneer Christiaan Barnard. Dr. Lanza received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was both a University Scholar and Benjamin Franklin Scholar. Lanza was part of the team that cloned the world’s first human embryo, the first endangered species, and published the first-ever reports of pluripotent stem cell use in humans.

Affiliations and Expertise

Astellas Institute for Regenerative Medicine, Westborough, MA, USA

John Gearhart

Affiliations and Expertise

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA

Brigid Hogan

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Douglas Melton

Affiliations and Expertise

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

Roger Pedersen

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Surgery, University of Cambridge, Addenbrooke's Hospital, UK

E. Donnall Thomas

Affiliations and Expertise

Director Emeritus, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, USA

James Thomson

Affiliations and Expertise

Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA


"Essentials of Stem Cell Biology belongs on the shelf of every researcher, clinician and student who is interested in the new developments in stem cell research and the treatments that are being developed." --NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE (June 29, 2006) "5 Stars - This is the best book I've reviewed on stem cell biology...This is the one book to have for anyone interested in the promise of stem cell research. It will provide an excellent resource for years to come." --Bruce A. Fenderson, Thomas Jefferson University in DOODY'S (June 2006)

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