Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond
Publisher: World Scientific
Book Summary: ' 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 '