Stem Cells
2nd Edition
by Evelyn B. Kelly
July 2019, 236pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-6596-1
$45, £35, 40€, A62
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6597-8
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Researchers believe that stem cells will be valuable tools for treating a variety of debilitating conditions, yet stem cell research is accompanied by ethical and scientific controversy.

This accessibly written book explores the different types of stem cells, their current and potential future medical applications, and the many controversies that surround their creation and use.

Whether from adults or embryos, stem cells have the potential to develop into many other types of cells—an ability that makes them potentially invaluable for curing a wide variety of diseases and disorders. And while some stem cell treatments are already in use today and have achieved remarkable results, the use of such cells continues to be clouded in controversy.

This second edition of Steam Cells offers a wealth of new information and features. Coverage of research breakthroughs in the past decade has been added, including descriptions of recently discovered types of stem cells and stem cell therapies. In addition to addressing ethical and scientific controversies, the book also addresses issues such as the discrepancy between the public’s expectations for regenerative medicine and current medical realities. Also new in this edition is a collection of case studies, each of which helps to make the topics discussed in the book more accessible to readers.


  • Offers additional and updated information since the first edition, including expanded coverage of popularly contested topics such as weight loss medications and genetic contributors to obesity
  • Examines key issues related to obesity, such as whether or not someone can be healthy and obese
  • Highlights key ideas and debates discussed in the book through illuminating case studies that use engaging real-world scenarios
  • Provides readers with a helpful Directory of Resources to guide their search for additional information
Evelyn B. Kelly, PhD, is adjunct professor at Saint Leo University in St. Leo, Florida, and a freelance writer on medical topics. She has written 18 books and published more than 400 articles. Her other books with ABC-CLIO include Obesity, The 101 Most Unusual Diseases and Disorders, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Human Genetics and Disease, Gene Therapy, and The Skeletal System.

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