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It sounds like a blockbuster Hollywood movie: a group ofscientists learn how to duplicate cells and transform them into blood, nerve andbone to regenerate different parts of the body. Sheets of living tissue canrenew exhausted organs. Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and spinal cordpatients now have new hope.
But this isn’t science fiction it’s scientific fact. Inthe fascinating new book The Golden Cell, Karen van Kampen, a veteranmedical journalist, tells us the stories of the people behind the science. Sheushers us into the laboratory where one Dr. Michael Kaplitt is reprogramming theoveractive brain cells of a Parkinson’s sufferer. She looks at the maelstromof ethical, legal and political issues, as two researchers are forced to selltheir stem cell discoveries to "big pharma." And she propels us intothe future, talking to a scientist who says he’s found the "cellularfountain of youth."
A book of people, personalities and politics, all connected byone of the most important scientific discoveries in history, The Golden Cell isan enthralling and provocative read.
"Today’s cells are tomorrow’spills." Dr. Thomas Okarma, CEOof Geron Corporation
"We used to think our future wasin the stars. Now we know it is in ourgenes." James Watson, co-discoverer of thedouble helix structure of DNA
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KAREN VAN KAMPEN is a staff writer with the Calgary Herald. Former managing editor of National Post Business Magazine, she is an award-winning journalist who specializes in health and business writing. Karen van Kampen lives in Calgary. Visit her website at www.karenvankampen.ca.
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Book Description Harper Collins Canada, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0002007940
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2005. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0002007940