The immortal cell: one scientist's quest to solve the mystery of human aging

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Doubleday,
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2003.
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1st ed.
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The extraordinary story of the breakthrough discoveries in cell aging, stem cell research, and therapeutic cloning, and the tremendous promise they hold for dramatically extending human life. Dr. Michael West has been consumed with the mystery of science since he was as an inquisitive child mixing chemicals in his attic-turned-laboratory. Today, he stands in the center of a controversy so great that the list of those lining up against him includes President George W. Bush. Once a devoted creationist eager to dispel theories of human evolution, Dr. West was set on a quest to find a scientific solution to the devastating effects of disease and death after the death of his father. He became immersed in the study of cell aging and the discovery of the cellular "clock" telomerase -- the mechanism that controls cell aging. His work led him to found the biotechnology company Geron, a pioneer in the field of stem cell research. His new company, Advanced Cell Technology, is the only organization in the United States pursuing human therapeutic cloning research -- research in the field of "regenerative medicine" intended to repair damaged and diseased human organs and tissues. Unlikereproductive cloning, the attempt to clone a human child,therapeutic cloningis a process of growing cells, using a patient's own DNA that is inserted it into an unfertilized egg cell to create embryonic stem cells, cells that hold the promise of repairing the damage of age and disease -- in essence, making the cell young again. The potential for therapeutic cloning to treat afflictions caused by the loss of dysfunction of cells -- from spinal cord injury and skin burns to kidney failures and cancer -- is enormous. Part memoir, part adventure story,The Immortal Cellchronicles the breakthroughs Dr. West and other scientists have made in biotechnology over the past decade -- and the astonishing potential they offer us to cure diseases and improve the quality of human life.
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subject_facetAging -- genetics
Biographies
Biography
Cells -- Aging -- Popular works
Cellular Senescence -- genetics
Cloning, Organism
Gerontologists -- United States -- Biography
Human cloning -- Popular works
Popular works
Research Personnel
West, Michael -- (Michael D.)
title_displayThe immortal cell : one scientist's quest to solve the mystery of human aging
title_fullThe immortal cell : one scientist's quest to solve the mystery of human aging / Michael D. West
title_shortThe immortal cell
title_subone scientist's quest to solve the mystery of human aging
topic_facetAging
Cells
Cellular Senescence
Cloning, Organism
Gerontologists
Human cloning
Research Personnel
West, Michael
genetics