Stem Cell Research takes a multi-disciplinary approach to the topic of human embryonic stem cell research, starting with the breakthrough discovery up through the present day controversy. The book invites the reader to join the conversation by providing a well balanced approach to many of the issues surrounding the development of this controversial scientific field. It includes the thoughts and experiences of scientists, journalists and ethicists as it tried to approach the topic through a variety of different academic disciplines.
The book will help the non-scientist understand the biology, research regulations and funding; and simultaneously it will help the scientist better comprehend the full spectrum of ethical, religious, and policy debates.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: The Path Forward
- Joining the Conversation: What are Stem Cells? And Why Should You Care?
- Stem Cell Federalism: Legal and Regulatory Quilt
- Of Facts and Frames: Sharing the News and Influencing Views
- Costs and Consequences: Fragmented Funding
- Ethical Dilemmas: Always Changing
- Conclusion: In Our Lifetime?
Toni Marzotto is professor of political science at Towson University. She teaches courses in American government and public policy.
Patricia Alt is Professor of Interprofessional Health Studies. She teaches courses in public policy, ethical issues in health care, long term care, and the American health care system.