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You can get a great overview of stem cell research and then dig deeper into specific issues with recent news articles, academic journals, magazines, reference sources and more. Then email or save your sources and get an MLA citation. Done.

We also have books and ebooks on this topic. Just do a keyword search in the Library Catalog for "stem cells" to find items like this:

Stem Cells: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2012)

The topic of stem cells has been very high profile in the media in recent years. There is much public interest in stem cells but also much confusion and misinformation, with some companies already offering 'stem cell products' and bogus 'stem cell therapies'. In this Very Short Introduction, Jonathan Slack introduces stem cells; what they are, what scientists do with them, what stem cell therapies are available today, and how they might be used in future. Despite important advances, clinical applications of stem cells are still in their infancy. Most real stem cell therapy today is some form of bone marrow transplantation. Slack introduces stem cells by explaining the difference between embryonic stem cells, which exist only in laboratory cultures, and tissue-specific stem cells, which exist in our bodies. Embryonic stem cells can become any cell type in the body, so diseases that may in future be treated by functional cells derived from thesesorts of stem cell include diabetes, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, and spinal trauma. He then goes on to discuss the properties of tissue-specific stem cells and the important technique of bone marrow transplantation. Slack concludes by analysing how medical innovation has occurred in this areain the past, and draws out some of the lessons for the development of new therapies in the future.

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SAC 3rd Floor Stacks  QH588.S83 S58 2012