Stem Cell Century


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Law and Policy for a Breakthrough Technology

Russell Korobkin with Stephen R. Munzer

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A timely and provocative analysis of the broad range of policy issues raised by stem cell science and how lawmakers should address them

The explosion of interest in stem cell research raises a raft of controversial policy questions. When should human embryos be used to create stem cells? Should cloning be outlawed? Should egg and tissue donors be paid? Should we allow scientists to patent stem cells? Is the government entitled to a portion of the revenue from stem cell technology created with public funds? How should the regulators and courts balance the competing goals of access to revolutionary treatments and protection of the public from unknown risks?

Russell Korobkin, with contributions from Stephen R. Munzer, provides the first thorough discussion and analysis of these and other unsettled questions of law, policy, and ethics that surround stem cell science. His clear and concise description of complex problems coupled with logical and well-balanced  conclusions makes this volume essential reading for all Americans, general readers and experts alike, interested in the promise of stem cell research and the future of regenerative medicine.  

Russell Korobkin is a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law and senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics.


Stephen R. Munzer is also a professor of law at the UCLA School of Law and senior fellow at the UCLA Center for Society and Genetics.


Visit the author's website, the author's recent panel discussion on the topic, covered by CSPAN's BookTV.

Co-hosted by the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the panelists include: Brock C. Reeve of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute; Francis Kamm and Kevin Eggan of Harvard University; and Pamela Samuelson of the University of California, Berkeley.

“Korobkin and Munzer do a commendable job of making complex issues accessible. Their book offers comprehensive coverage, careful legal analysis, and balance.”—Carl H. Coleman, Seton Hall University School of Law

"Are we prepared to face the unique challenges of stem cell research as it moves from the laboratory to medical treatments? Thanks to the remarkable work of Russell Korobkin, we now have a clear and thorough road map to follow. Whether you are a policy-maker, attorney, biotech executive, patient, or concerned citizen, you will be well served to read Stem Cell Century."—Bernard Siegel, Executive Director, Genetics Policy Institute 

"Stem Cell Century provides a very clear analysis of the policy issues around cloning and stem cells in biomedicine, on the basis of a sound scientific understanding of the underlying biology.”—Ian Wilmut, Director, Edinburgh University Centre for Regenerative Medicine and creator of "Dolly" the lamb, the world's first cloned mammal  

"Stem Cell Century is the first book to clearly explain the profound effects of law and policy on what may be the biggest scientific advance of our time. Korobkin vividly demonstrates how a formerly quiet corner of biology has exploded into new realms of intellectual property, commerce and international affairs.  If you want to know what lies ahead for stem cell research, buy this book."—Christopher Thomas Scott, Director, Stanford University Program on Stem Cells and Society, and author of Stem Cell Now: A brief introduction to the coming medical revolution

"Korobkin has not only succeeded in offering a wide array of knowledge for those interested and otherwise unacquainted with the political, legal, and ethical implications of stem cell research, but has also presented this information in a fun and exciting manner, with appeal to a variety of disciplines."—Christopher A. Riddle, Law and Politics Review

"For readers untrained in the science of stem cell research, Professors Korobkin and Munzer's clear prose and straightforward explanations make the book an ideal introduction to this complex area."—Harvard Law Review

"[Korobkin] boldly asserts in the preface that of the many books recently published on the subject of stem cells, "[n]one of them is like this one." Stem Cell Century delivers on this assertion, thoroughly and engagingly charting the history of the stem cell debate and predicting its future course while persuasively arguing for laws, protocols, and procedures that will maximize benefits and minimize moral conundrums regarding one of the most divisive challenges facing the nation. . . . Korobkin and Munzer have achieved a noteworthy feat by clearly and succinctly synthesizing the most contentious issues surrounding stem cell science."—Alan G Williams, Journal of the American Medical Association

"Korobkin and Munzer provide an excellent resource for people who want a concise understanding of the scientific research, public policy, political debate, Supreme Court decisions, patent issues, and the no-payment policy regarding stem cell research and cloning. The authors present logical and coherent analyses of many of the perspectives on stem cell research and cloning. . . . This book is very informative and understandable. Highly recommended."—Choice
ISBN: 9780300143232
Publication Date: January 27, 2009
336 pages, 5 1/4 x 8 1/16

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