HSCI faculty edit handbook on human embryonic stem cells

Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) are powerful tools for understanding normal human development and what goes awry in many diseases that plague humankind, such as cancer and diabetes. This knowledge is the first step toward the ultimate goal of stem cell research—finding effective, targeted therapies for people afflicted with these and many other intractable diseases.

Because stem cell science is developing at warp speed, the need for disseminating up-to-date, practical information to stem cell researchers around the globe is of paramount importance.

To address this need, three members of the HSCI faculty have compiled and edited the definitive “how-to” book for stem cell scientists. Published recently by Wiley, “Human Embryonic Stem Cells: The Practical Handbook” was edited by Stephen Sullivan, MSc, PhD, Chad A. Cowan, PhD, and Kevin Eggan, PhD. Contributors include HSCI Scientific Co-Director Douglas A. Melton, PhD; George Q. Daley, MD, PhD; and M. William Lensch, PhD.

The 400-plus page text is the definitive source of practical information for laboratory scientists working with hESCs, as well as clinical researchers in areas for which hESC research holds considerable promise, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and neurological diseases. The book contains the first centralized collection of methods used in hESC biology—including basic protocols for sourcing, deriving, culturing, characterizing, and manipulating these unique cells—from the laboratories of the leading scientists in the field within HSCI and elsewhere. For more information, go to www.humanescellbook.com.