Reviews of Cell of Cells: Bush took office in Januaryhe quickly made it clear that he was not in favor of research on human embryonic stem cells. That August he sealed off access to federal funds for research on all but a few now suboptimal lines of human embryonic stem cells. His action not only caused stem cells to become a national political issue but also emboldened any country that wanted to compete with the United States in this research.
Reviews of Cell of Cells: Bush took office in Januaryhe quickly made it clear that he was not in favor of research on human embryonic stem cells.
That August he sealed off access to federal funds for research on all but a few now suboptimal lines of human embryonic stem cells. His action not only caused stem cells to become a national political issue but also emboldened any country that wanted to compete with the United States in this research.
The global race to establish dominance in a field with enormous scientific, health, and commercial possibilities was on, but with U.
In Cell of Cells, Cynthia Fox brings her impressive talent as a science writer and journalist to telling the story of this race.
Fox makes the story an adventure. She carries us to unlikely places, beginning with a camel ride to the Pyramids with an Egyptian stem cell researcher.
She then flies to Israel to meet the scientist with whom the Egyptian wanted to collaborate politics made it impossible. Those details, impossible to obtain from a scientific paper, make the researchers come alive.
Moving on to Singapore to describe stem cell work in the lavish research city of Biopolis and then on to Australia, Japan, China, and Korea, Fox accurately reveals the sociological and technical issues that stem cell research involves. For nonscientists, she gives pithy but effective explanations without disturbing the flow; for scientists, the book is a smooth read because Fox does not dumb down scientific terminology.
The knowledge she acquired in her journeys is astonishing in range and depth, and she cites papers from the primary literature as rungs on the ladder to her overview. The book includes 43 pages of references and interview notes. Her fly-on-the-wall description of a kidney transplant and chimeric stem cell operation at Massachusetts General Hospital is riveting, as is the almost smelly account of extracting oocytes for tissue cloning from pigs.
She also warns of the trap of unethical, unscientific stem cell treatments in locations such as Moscow, Ukraine, and the Caribbean. Fox explains complex concepts and introduces numerous places and people.
It reminds me of the fun of first reading The Double Helix. There are fights between and within labs, gossip, and different cultures, but there are also knowledge and exhilarating progress.
South Korea seemed poised to win the race to therapeutic cloning, but the tale became a Greek tragedy of hubris and downright lies. It was as if in the space race Neil Armstrong had faked the Moon landings. Cell of Cells illustrates the consequences for global science, states that fund their own researchers, and the dashed hopes of those who need potential treatments.
Fox eloquently chronicles the consequences of this isolationist policy and squarely advocates a rational approach to funding research on both adult and embryonic stem cells.
Her exhaustive legwork has produced a highly entertaining book. We follow Hwang on his way up, basking in the attention of admirers at international meetings and whisking Fox through his state-of-the art lab.
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