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Stem Cell Wars

Inside Stories from the Frontlines

Eve Herold; Foreword by Dr. George Daley

Palgrave Macmillan Trade

Americans have become the victims of misinformation about stem cell research. Over the last few years, the stem cell debate has been intensely political, religious, and confusing to many people. Now, Eve Herold explains what this science is all about, who is for and against it, and why it must go forward. She pulls together fascinating stories to highlight every aspect of this multifaceted field. She exposes the politics of stem cell research and demonstrates how the outcome of the debate could ultimately affect all of us. Packed with real-life stories of the people caught up in this groundbreaking struggle, Stem Cell Wars cuts through the noise and sets the standard for future debate.

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"An excellent account...the first of its kind..."--Cure Paralysis Now
 
"An important new book..."--Crossleft
 
"Comprehensive and concise, Stem Cell Wars provides an indispensable primer for anyone interested in what promises to be the most significant medical science breakthrough in our lifetimes. It should also serve as a timely antidote to the politically inspired misinformation surrounding this important issue."--Ron Reagan
 
"Eve Herold's book is a forthright and compelling declaration of the immensely promising potential of stem cell research. Using clear logic and emotionally evocative accounts of patients in need, Herold makes an impassioned and convincing case for increasing stem cell research funding."--Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)

"Eve Herold is the consummate battlefield correspondent of the Stem Cell Wars, a latter-day Ernie Pyle or Edward R. Murrow chronicling the clash of ideologies and science that help define the superheated politics of the 21st century. She seems to be everywhere at once: in the councils of the combatants, behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, beside the scientists and the suffering patients they hope to save, even to the South Korean laboratory where science fraud of historic proportions threatened to end the great promise of regenerative medicine. In her dispatches from the front, Eve Herold’s sympathies are unwaveringly with the patients--the women and men, children and families--whose tragic and inspiring stories are the warm heart of this timely and disturbing book."--Dan Perry, Vice President and former President, Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research, Executive Director, Alliance for Aging Research
 
"Eve Herold weaves the stories of patients with debilitating diseases, of reports of scientific discoveries involving stem cells and cloning, with her firsthand participation in the policy developments in the rapidly evolving field of stem cell research. She provides an understanding for the casual reader of the nuances of this research, its potential impact on the practice of medicine and the current impact on society and research of policy decisions, both pro and con. She sifts through various layers of the science and the social and religious controversies, and provides an easily followed time frame of the major discoveries and events over the past decade in stem cell research, including the most recent revelation of scientific fraud in producing patient-specific embryonic stem cells. The issues with stem cell research are complex and Herold is successful in presenting them in an easily understood fashion."--John Gearhart, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
 
"Eve Herold is an eyewitness to history. She chronicles the battle of patients and researchers to advance the greatest medical breakthrough of our lifetimes in this highly readable account of the rancorous public policy debate that has become the #1 wedge issue in American politics. As part of the chronicle of the world stem cell debate, Eve Herold presents the inside story of Woo Suk Hwang and the Korean cloning scandal, and supplies the shocking details about the misconduct that rocked all of medical science."--Bernard Siegel, Executive Director, Genetics Policy Institute
 
“The most important (and often overlooked) element in the stem cell research equation is the patients who are struggling right now. Stem Cell Wars brings us in touch with the irrepressible humanity of the folks who won’t give up. Eve Herold knows the people involved in the struggle for stem cell research because she herself is at the center of the storm. An outstanding science writer, Ms. Herold makes the issues clear in a fascinatingly readable style. Engaging and clearly written, a must-have book to understand what’s happening behind the scenes in a world where a political mistake could delay life and death research for decades. As someone who has been involved in stem cell politics essentially since it began, I learned a lot from this book!"—Don C. Reed, Chairman, Californians for Cures
 
"Simple and to-the-point, this book gives a thorough explanation of what stem cell research is, why there's so much controversy surrounding it and ultimately, why our government must change course to allow it to flourish."—June Walker, President of Hadassah
 
“Herold has written an exciting, rapidly moving account of the events associated with stem cell research.”—Ian Wilmut, Times Higher Education Supplement
 

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  • Eve Herold; Foreword by Dr. George Daley

  • Eve Herold is Director of Public Policy Research and Education at the Genetics Policy Institute. A science and health writer, she has been featured in The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Prevention, The Kiplinger Report, and The Washington Post and on MSNBC, NPR, and CNN. She lives in Burke, Virginia.
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Stem Cell Wars

Inside Stories from the Frontlines

Eve Herold; Foreword by Dr. George Daley

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