BOOK SUMMARY: “Stem Cell Battles: Proposition 71 and Beyond”
FREE ARTICLES BY DON C. REED
Imagine our country attacked by a deadly plague, like that which decimated Europe in the Dark Ages. But there might be a cure—would you support research funding?
STEM CELL BATTLES tells the story of just such a decision. According to federal statistics, nearly one in two Americans today has a chronic disease—Alzheimer’s, paralysis, heart disease, blindness, arthritis and more– but California is taking on the challenge, with a $3 billion dollar program for stem cell research to fight the “incurable” conditions.
Is California getting its money’s worth?
STEM CELL BATTLES tells the story of the California stem cell program from its tumultuous beginnings to the present, when diseases and disabilities are being systematically attacked.
The author shows the price of anti-science politics; for while disease is non-partisan,(and cure should be the same) still one party has systematically opposed advanced stem cell research, while the other supports it.
This is a people story. The author’s family has paid the price of chronic ills and injuries, fighting cancer, heart disease, paralysis, stroke and arthritis—they know what it is to be told, “There is nothing that can be done.”
But neither they, nor the state of California, have any interest in surrender.
STEM CELL BATTLES guides the reader through an adventure in real-world change. Today, because of Prop 71, 29 “incurable” conditions are in clinical trials.
And at the end of the book, after 71 short chapters of story and explication, when every dollar has been accounted for, the author introduces the reader to three key players in this epic struggle: with in-depth interviews of a pioneering scientist, a pro-stem cell Singaporean general—and the greatest research advocate in the world.