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Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Second Edition

Author(s): Ann Kiessling, PhD, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Scott C. Anderson
  • ISBN-13: 9780763743864
  • ISBN-10:0763743860
  • Paperback    280 pages      © 2007
Price: $183.95 US List
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The second edition of Kiessling and Anderson's text, Human Embryonic Stem Cells, continues to address the social, legal and ethical debates resulting from the Bush Administration's restriction of federal funding for embryonic stem cell therapy. The emerging field of human embryonic stem cell biomedicine crosses many disciplinary boundaries -- cell biology, reproductive biology, embryology, molecular biology, endocrinology, immunology, fetal medicine, transplantation medicine, and surgery. This single reference provides basic information from these multiple disciplines as it pertains to the science of stem cells.

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Features & Benefits

New to this Edition!

New end-of-chapter material includes Chapter Summaries, Review Questions, and Additional Readings sections.  End-of-chapter questions prompt students to revisit key concepts within the chapter and are ideal for homework assignments or in-class discussion.

New to this Edition!

The text discusses the cutting-edge technology used in stem cell therapy today and considers the diseases that may be treated with advanced stem cell research in the future.

Author Dr. Ann Kiessling is an active, noted researcher in the field of reproductive biology at the Harvard Medical School.

Key historical developments are presented throughout the text as sidebars enhancing understanding of how the field evolved and providing scientific details important to understanding overall biology.

Applicable Courses

Human Embryonic Stem Cells, Second Edition is an entry-level textbook covering the diverse disciplines involved in human embryonic stem cell research, biology, and therapeutic potential. This text is suitable for the following students:

  • Advanced high school students
  • College biology majors
  • Biology for non-majors
  • Pre-med
  • Pre-vet majors
  • Medical students
  • Graduate students (several disciplines, including molecular biology, reproductive biology, cell biology, molecular pathology)
  • Veterinary students
  • Science readers and writers

Part I:  The Basics

           1.  The Nature of Stem Cells
           2.  The Dividing Cell

Part II:  Egg Specific Functions

           3.  The Egg
           4.  The Activated Egg
           5.  The Zygote
           6.  Blastomere Cleavage
           7.  Early Nuclear Transfer Technology

Part III:  Embryonic Stem Cells

           8.  The Blastocyst and Inner Cell Mass Cells
           9.  Organogenesis
         10.  Mammalian Nuclear Transfer Technology

Part IV:  Human Stem Cells

        11.  Adult and Fetal Stem Cells
        12.  Pluripotent

Part V:  Stem Cell Therapies

       13.  Neurogenerative Diseases
       14.  Tissue Systems Failures

Part VI:  Human Embryonic Stem Cells and Society

       15.  The Religious, Legal, Ethical, and Scientific Debate

Ann Kiessling, PhD-Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Ann A. Kiessling is Associate Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School. She studied chemistry and nursing as an undergraduate and received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry/Biophysics from Oregon State University in 1971. Her postdoctoral work explored relationships between viruses and cancer in the laboratories of Paul Neiman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center; Lloyd Old, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; and Mehran Goulian, University of California, San Diego. The cancer cell studies revealed the need to understand undifferentiated cells, which were not cancerous, which in turn led to studies of early cleaving mouse embryos in collaboration with Harry Weitlauf at the Oregon Health Sciences University. The dual interests in virology and embryology led to research in semen transmission of Human Immunodeficiency Virus as well as the creation of the first laboratory for Human In Vitro Fertilization in Oregon. Research in both areas has continued since her recruitment to Harvard Medical School in 1985. She has published over one hundred scientific papers in both areas of research and is the proud mother of four children.  

Scott C. Anderson

Scott C. Anderson has been writing books and articles on cutting-edge technology for fifteen years. He has worked with Dr. Kiessling before on educational videos designed to explain the exquisite biochemistry of egg maturation and AIDS infection.