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Stem Cell Battles Proposition 71 And Beyond

Author: Don C. Reed
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814618292
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' This is a one-of-a-kind book: combining easy-to-understand science, in-the-trenches political warfare, and inspirational stories. It aims to give hope to individuals and families who suffer from chronic disease or disability; to point out how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference in the battle to ease suffering and save lives through supporting medical research; to share in “people talk” some of the amazing progress already achieved in the new field of stem cell research; to show how even such a magnificent success as the California stem cell program is under constant attack from ideological groups; to offer medical research as a force for international cooperation; to suggest how cure research lessens the need for the mountainous costs of endless care. Unparalleled background: the author has been involved in virtually every important stem cell battle (state, national, and international) since embryonic stem cell research began. The author works closely with Robert N. Klein, sponsor of the California stem cell program, the largest source of such stem cell research funding in the world. In addition, the author is an award-winning teacher as well as writer, and seeks to entertain as well as educate. His book is not only substantive, but also fun. The book would be a treasured gift: for anyone suffering an “incurable” illness or who is a caregiver for a loved one; for a college student considering a rewarding career in biomedicine; for scientists who want to protect and enhance their research funding; and for anyone who wants to see government respond to the needs of its citizenry. Chronic disease and disability are a prison: cure is the triumphant escape — wheelchairs should be for temporary occupancy only. Contents:Foreword by Christopher ReeveAcknowledgementsThe World''s Deadliest KillersThe Naked Face of HateTo Clone, or Not to Clone?Season of StormsThe Trial(S) of the California Stem Cell ProgramWhen Changing the World, What Do You Do First?Battles With a FriendTime-Lapse ScriptographyIdeology, Science or Bible Quoting Vampires?Joan of Arc, and the Republican Stem Cell Reversal?Deadly DefinitionsWhat are We Fighting for?Suffer Little ChildrenKlein Must Resign!Last Day in the Wolverine StateGetting Up in the Morning and Going to — Washington?The Boy Who Loved Stanford Too MuchStem Cell Summit, Stem Cell WorldHow Not to Have Sex in a Personhood StateFighting the Killers: Leukemia and CancerThe Thief of MemoryThe Anti-Science SocietyStem Cell ThanksgivingSwimming from AlcatrazBridge to a New LifeSkidding on IceHow to Mend a Broken HeartHelen Keller and Stem Cell ResearchHow to Mend a Broken HeartWhy We Can''t Afford Not to Cure ParalysisThe War We Must Not LoseIn Which I Get CancerSickle-Cell Anemia and the Politics of PainMowgli and the Matrix: A Year in the Life of the California Stem Cell ProgramTo Whom Goes the Kingdom?The Liver ListThe Will of ConnecticutChampions Find a WayDisenfranchise the Disabled?Adventures in Intellectual PropertySpartacus Fights Back Against StrokeDiabetes Going Down?Jamie Thomson, or, How Do You Follow an Act of Genius?Sherley V SebeliusThe Woman Who Would Not be SilencedThe Gorilla Gynecologist, or, the Pera-Chen Anti-Urinary-Incontinence MethodTurning Over Rocks: The Battle for Paralysis CureIn Memory Still Green: The Passing of Three GiantsInvitation to MexicoOf Presidents, and the Valley of DeathLittle Hoover and the Institute of MedicineStudying the Moon, Looking Through a StrawThe Great Nebraska CompromiseStem Cell TourismThe Man Who Could Fly Without a PlaneThief of LivesSingapore, Biopolis, and the Power of the SmallSingapore ScientistsFighters Against Parkinson''sInternational FriendsA Texas Miracle, or Thirty-TwoThe Stem Cell Musketeers of BrazilAdventures in ChinaProfessor Forever and the Giant SquidA Double Baker''s Dozen of Disease Team Grants?The Greatest Speech You Never HeardA Stem Cell Mystery: The Resignation of Mahendra RaoArthritis and the Fifty StatesWould You Drink from a Fountain of Youth?When Things Go RightWhere Did the Money Go? (and a New Year''s Delight at the End...)The End?Appendices:Interview with Lim Chuan Poh, Chairman of A*Star and BiopolisAn Interview with Hans KeirsteadInterview with Bob Klein Keywords:Stem Cell Research;Cure;Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act;Don C Reed;Americans for Cures Foundation;Proposition 71;Bob Klein;California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) “A well-written book on a technical and challenging subject, Stem Cell Battles is a real page-turner. Don Reed writes from a layman''s point of view; his credentials and advocacy experience position him to thoroughly cover his subject and present the subject of stem cell research in an interesting and entertaining way. The book is appropriate for students doing research, for any general reader, and for anyone who is or knows the one in two Americans with an incurable disease or disability. The book fills a gap in public library collections, and is useful in academic collections as well because it covers the subject very well. The author carefully and thoroughly footnotes and documents his material; the reader can see the reliability of the subject coverage, and know here to follow up as interested.” Sandi Pantages Fremont, California "Impassioned advocacy for stem cell research … recommended for anyone interested in the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, its origins, and its accomplishments so far …" Dr James Till co-recipient (with Ernest McCulloch) of Lasker Award Toronto, Canada "It''s a highly recommended pick for any involved in stem cell concerns; whether it be from a scientist''s perspective, a politician''s viewpoint, or from a patient seeking relief. Its focus on California achievements, in particular, lends to a discussion that juxtaposes the personal with the political in a rare, wide-ranging discussion that no health collection should be without. Add insights into how ordinary people can help and you have a key acquisition not to be missed by readers with any degree of interest or curiosity in stem cell research''s promises, controversies, and very human concerns; or by acquisition librarians who will appreciate its fresh, new perspective on the subject." Midwest Book Review "Reed''s voice is warm, optimistic, and determined, while he acknowledges that such political battles are hard on both patients and caregivers. His attitude of calm hope in the face of obstacles both public and personal is admirable and encouraging. Stem Cell Battles is a prime example of how a small group of people can bring about significant change for many. It''s a valuable book for that reason alone, but the human stories Reed includes make it more so." Foreword Reviews "As founder of the Student Society for Stem Cell Research with chapters throughout the United States and the world, I encourage young men and women to enter stem cell research and pursue a career in regenerative medicine. Everyone should read Don Reed''s new book, STEM CELL BATTLES, which is an inspiring account, with the pages bounded by a father''s love for his son and the most powerful of human principles, hope. The treatise is a historical account of California''s stem cell program and the development of a nascent field that is united by humanity''s quest for cures. I have known Don for many years and we have worked together to help pass pro-research legislation. This book impresses upon the reader the impact of working with visionaries such as Bob Klein, who developed Proposition 71 and led it to become the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. Because of that initiative, we are closer to cures in various areas like diabetes and macular degeneration." Joe Riggs Founder of the 19-nation organization Students for Stem Cell Research "This book is like no other; a monumental achievement! Due to 20 years of Parkinson''s disease I am too weak to hold it for very long, so it will take the rest of my life to finish it. It contains the personal stories of people with every known disease and disability, all of which could someday be helped or cured by stem cell research. You cannot read it without becoming inspired to engage in the battle for medical research. As Don has documented, it is a difficult struggle but eventually we will prevail. It has been a great honor to have known this great man and advocate." Rayilyn Lee Brown Surprise, Arizona, USA "This solid primer should be useful to anyone interested in stem cells and their potential to change the world." Kirkus Reviews '

California Cures How The California Stem Cell Program Is Fighting Your Incurable Disease

Author: Reed Don C
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9813231386
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Thirteen years ago, America faced an epidemic of chronic disease: cancer, paralysis, blindness, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes and more. But California voters said "YES!" to a $3 billion stem cell research program: the awkwardly-named California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Born into battle, the scrappy little state agency was immediately blocked by three years of anti-science lawsuits — but it defeated them all. And then? A quiet triumph. With a focused intensity like the Manhattan Project (but for peaceful purposes, not to build a bomb), scientists funded by CIRM took on the challenges: disease and disability called chronic: incurable. In a series of connected stories, accurate though written to entertain, "California Cures" relates a war: science against disease, with lives on the line. Think what it means for a paralyzed young man to recover the use of his hands, or for a formerly-blind mother to see her teenaged children — for the first time! Do you know the "bubble-baby" syndrome? Infants without a proper immune system typically die young; a common cold can kill. But for eighteen babies in a stem cell clinical trial, a different future: they were cured of their disease. No one can predict the pace of science, nor say when cures will come; but California is bringing the fight. The reader will meet the scientists involved, the women and men behind the microscope, and share their struggle. Above all, "California Cures" is a call for action. Washington may argue about the expense of health care (and who will get it), but California works to bring down the mountain of medical debt: stem cell therapies to ease suffering, and save lives. Will California build on success — and invest $5 billion more in stem cell research? "We have the momentum," says author Don C Reed, "We dare not stop short. Chronic disease threatens everyone — we are fighting for your family, and mine!" Contents: Introduction: Evangelina and the Golden State The Absolute Minimum You Need to Know First To Breathe, or Not to Breathe The Strongest Man in the World When the Dolphin Broke My Ear The Boy with Butterfly Skin The Great Baldness "Comb-Over" Replacement? "He Sees! He Sees!" Cop at the Window "Go West, Young (Wo)Man" — To a Biomed Career? And How Will You be Paying for that New Heart? The Answer to Cancer? A Political Obstacle to Heart Disease Cure? Your Friend, the Liver! "Bring 'em Back Alive" The Color of Fat Revenge for My Sister A Story with No Happy Ending? Aging and Stem Cells The "Impending Alzheimer's Healthcare Disaster" President Trump's Great Stem Cell Opportunity Leiningen's Ants and Parkinson's Disease On the Morality of Fetal Cell Research Democracy and Gloria's Knees Three Children, and the Eternal Flame Autism, Mini-Brains, and the Zika Virus Why "The Big Bang Theory" Matters to Me Musashi and the Two-Sword Solution "The Magnificent Seven" The Connecticut Commitment In Memory of Beau To Relocate Alligators, or Turn a Country on to Biomed? Whale Sharks and Outer Space Mr Science Goes to Washington? When Oklahoma is Not Ok James Bond and Melanoma Neurological Diseases vs. California Driving to the Storm Door into Tomorrow Stem Cell Battles — On Times Square? Annette, Richard Pryor, and Multiple Sclerosis Mike Pence, and Reproductive Servitude Motorcycle Wrecks and Complex Fractures Even Dracula Gets Arthritis Tugboat for Cure Wheelchair Warriors, Take Back Your Rights! Sickle Cell Dis

The Singapore Research Story

Author: Chang Chieh Hang
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814641286
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Ever since Singapore became independent in 1965, its leaders have invested tremendous efforts and resources to develop its economy in order to create jobs for its people and to support national development. This book describes the challenging journey of Singapore in developing a knowledge-based economy driven by research and innovation and the roles played by research institutes, universities, research manpower and appropriate collaboration between research institutes and industry. The book traces the foundations of Singapore's research story from the time of its independence in 1965 to the present day. Through interviews with the key players and research into the records, the establishment of the key institutes and the roles of a global cast of researchers, scientists and engineers in setting up the R&D infrastructure are outlined. The impact of the concerted efforts to build up a credible and world-class research capability in Singapore over the last 25 years is discussed, as are the tremendous challenges faced by the key players in the drive to develop a knowledge-based economy and the ultimate goal of an innovation-driven economy. Contents:Foreword by PM Lee Hsien LoongAcknowledgementsCover Photo CreditsAbout the ContributorsIntroductionSetting the Stage (Hang Chang Chieh and Yeoh Keat Chuan)Shifting Gear into Research (Hang Chang Chieh, Low Teck Seng and Yeoh Keat Chuan)The Multi-Agency Approach (Hang Chang Chieh, Low Teck Seng and Raj Thampuran)Research in Physical Sciences and Engineering (Hang Chang Chieh and Raj Thampuran)The Biomedical Sciences: Research for Better Health (Raj Thampuran and Kong Hwai Loong)Developing Research-Intensive Universities (Barry Halliwell and Bertil Andersson)Partnering Multinational Corporations in R&D (Low Teck Seng, Raj Thampuran and Yeoh Keat Chuan)Developing R&D in Local Enterprises (Hang Chang Chieh, Raj Thampuran and Png Cheong Boon)Towards Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Low Teck Seng, Raj Thampuran, Tan Kai Hoe and Philip Ong)Appendices:Singapore's Science & Technology, R&D TimelineChairmen, Executive Directors and DirectorsHonouring Scientific TalentOral History InterviewsAcronymsSelect BibliographyIndex Readership: Researchers, professionals, academics, and laymen interested in all aspects of research and development.

Sevengill

Author: Don C. Reed
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ISBN: 9780590410076
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Don Reed, a diver at Marine World, reconstructs the birth and early life of the shark known as Sevengill, describes his experiences with her, and recounts other underwater adventures.

The Dolphins And Me

Author: Don C. Reed
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
ISBN: 9780316736596
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The author, a former diver, describes his experiences with and observations of the dolphins whose underwater world he shared for more than thirteen years at California's Marine World/Africa USA.

Cantor S Dilemma

Author: Carl Djerassi
Publisher: Doubleday
ISBN: 0307819086
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When Professor Isidore Cantor reveals his latest breakthrough in cancer research, his promising research fellow, Dr. Jeremiah Stafford, has only to conduct the experiment and win Cantor the Nobel prize. But how far will Stafford go to guarantee the results? Carl Djerassi draws from his career as a world-famous scientist to describe the fierce competition driving scientific superstars in this gripping novel.

The Forever Fix

Author: Ricki Lewis
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: 1429941472
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Fascinating narrative science that explores the next frontier in medicine and genetics through the very personal prism of the children and families gene therapy has touched. Eight-year-old Corey Haas was nearly blind from a hereditary disorder when his sight was restored through a delicate procedure that made medical history. Like something from a science fiction novel, doctors carefully injected viruses bearing healing genes into the DNA of Corey's eyes—a few days later, Corey could see, his sight restored by gene therapy. THE FOREVER FIX is the first book to tell the fascinating story of gene therapy: how it works, the science behind it, how patients (mostly children) have been helped and harmed, and how scientists learned from each trial to get one step closer to its immense promise, the promise of a "forever fix," - a cure that, by fixing problems at their genetic root, does not need further surgery or medication. Told through the voices of the children and families who have been the inspiration, experimental subjects, and successes of genetic science, THE FOREVER FIX is compelling and engaging narrative science that tells explores the future of medicine as well as the families and scientists who are breaking new ground every day.

Gmo Sapiens

Author: Paul Knoepfler
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 981466703X
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' Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) including plants and the foods made from them, are a hot topic of debate today, but soon related technology could go much further and literally change what it means to be human. Scientists are on the verge of being able to create people who are GMOs. Should they do it? Could we become a healthier and ''better'' species or might eugenics go viral leading to a real, new world of genetic dystopia? GMO Sapiens tackles such questions by taking a fresh look at the cutting-edge biotech discoveries that have made genetically modified people possible. Bioengineering, genomics, synthetic biology, and stem cells are changing sci-fi into reality before our eyes. This book will capture your imagination with its clear, approachable writing style. It will draw you into the fascinating discussion of the life-changing science of human genetic modification. Contents:An Introduction to Playing GodThe Birth and Explosive Growth of GMOsHuman CloningBuild-a-Baby Better via GeneticsDIY Guide to Creating GMO SapiensEugenics and TranshumanismCultural Views on Human Genetic ModificationGMO Sapiens Today and Tomorrow Readership: Undergraduate biology majors, graduate biology majors, non-experts interested in GMOs, biologists and teenagers interested in cloning and human genetic modification. Key Features:Books on this hot new topic of creating GMO people are rare, tend to be out-of-date, or have narrow topic rangesThe goal of this book is to educate and entertain an educated lay audience about human genetic modificationKeywords:GMO;Genetically Modified Organism;GMO Sapien;Cloning;Genomics;Designer Babies;Mitochondrial Transfer;Stem Cells;Infertility "What I find troubling, exciting but scary, is that I find myself agreeing with an undertone, I do not support human germline genetic modification but with all the new information and perspectives available to me I have found myself questioning my own views and will be watching any developments with a fascinated interest I would rather not admit to." The NODE '

Stem Cells A Very Short Introduction

Author: Jonathan Slack
Publisher: OUP Oxford
ISBN: 0191633941
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The topic of stem cells has been very high profile in the media in recent years. There is much public interest in stem cells but also much confusion and misinformation, with some companies already offering 'stem cell products' and bogus 'stem cell therapies'. In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathan Slack introduces stem cells; what they are, what scientists do with them, what stem cell therapies are available today, and how they might be used in future. Despite important advances, clinical applications of stem cells are still in their infancy. Most real stem cell therapy today is some form of bone marrow transplantation. Slack introduces stem cells by explaining the difference between embryonic stem cells, which exist only in laboratory cultures, and tissue-specific stem cells, which exist in our bodies. Embryonic stem cells can become any cell type in the body, so diseases that may in future be treated by functional cells derived from these sorts of stem cell include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and spinal trauma. He then goes on to discuss the properties of tissue-specific stem cells and the important technique of bone marrow transplantation. Slack concludes by analysing how medical innovation has occurred in this area in the past, and draws out some of the lessons for the development of new therapies in the future. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.