The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research
- Eric E. Bouhassira - Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition is filled with new procedures and exciting medical breakthroughs, including executive orders from the Obama administration reversing barriers to research imposed under the Bush administration, court rulings impacting NIH funding of research based on human embryonic stem cells, edicts by the Papacy and other religious leaders, and the first success in cloning human stem cells. Stem cell biology is clearly fueling excitement and potential in traditional areas of developmental biology and in the field of regenerative medicine, where they are believed to hold much promise in addressing any number of intractable medical conditions. This updated second edition encyclopedia will expand on information that was given in the first edition and present more than 270 new and updated articles that explore major topics in ways accessible to nonscientists, thus bringing readers up-to-date with where stem cell biology stands today, including new and evolving ethical, religious, legal, social, and political perspectives.
This second edition reference work will serve as a universal resource for all public and academic libraries. It is an excellent foundation for anyone who is interested in the subject area of stem cell biology.
- Reader’s Guide, Further Readings, Cross References, Chronology, Resource Guide, Index
- A Glossary will elucidate stem cell terminology for the nonscientist
- Statistics and selected reprints of major journal articles that pertain to milestones achieved in stem cell research
- Documents from Congressional Hearings on stem cells and cloning
- Reports to the President’s Council on Bioethics, and more
"The target audience for this source would include upper-level secondary students and undergraduate students seeking basic stem cell biology information, as well as information on clinical trial updates, legislative information, and information on the ethics of stem cell research... Main entry narratives average two to four pages in length; some entries are divided into subcategory topics. Broad categories for articles include topics related to adult and non-adult stem cells, animal models, cancer stem cells, clinical trials in the US and worldwide, industry and educational research institutions, methods to study stem sells, key organizations and people, stem cell applications, and stem cell legislation or information related to country or US state... Most appropriate for high school libraries and college libraries that have a need for academic material on the topics presented."
"The second edition of this encyclopedia updates the 2009 set and still features authoritative signed articles aimed at general readers and undergraduate students....This encyclopedia is recommended for academic and large public libraries, and libraries owning the first edition will want to replace it with this update."
"...The focus on legal, ethical, and industrial issues, as well as the tone of the scientific articles, make [The SAGE Encyclopedia of Stem Cell Research, Second Edition] appropriate for academic institutions with or without stem cell research programs. It would also benefit institutions with science journalism or medical communications programs. Large public libraries with extensive reference budgets may be interested as well."