Stem cell research is one of the leading “cutting edge” areas of life science research in the world today and is a topic of significant interest to a broad range of the medical and scientific community. This authoritative book provides reviews by the field's leading scientists and covers many of the areas in which stem cells are becoming increasingly important, such as in organ repair and regeneration. Stem cells offer the possibility of cell therapy issues to treat a myriad of diseases, conditions, and disabilities including Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, spinal cord injury, stroke, heart disease, and diabetes.Contents:An Introduction to Stem and Progenitor Cell Biology (M R Alison)Asymmetric Self-Renewal: The Mark of the Adult Stem Cell (J L Sherley)Transcriptional Regulation of Blood Stem Cells (B Göttgens)Post-natal Neovascularization — The Role of Endothelil Progenitor Cells, Growth Factors and the Extracellular Matrix (S Rahman et al.)Creating Designer Cells: Genetic Engineering of Stem Cells by Site-Specific Recombination (F Edenhofer & M Peitz)Kinetic Considerations for Stem Cell Therapy (M Gordon)Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering (A Vats et al.)Human Foetal Mesenchymal Stem Cells (J Chan et al.)Gene-Modified Mesenchymal Stem Cells as Cytoreagents for Regenerative Therapy (H Hamada)Pharmacological Characterisation of Embryonic Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyoctye Cultures (N N Ali et al.)Adult Stem Cells in Cardiac Cellular Transplantation (I Dimarakis)Pancreas and Liver Regeneration and Neogenesis (R R Dodge)Extrahepatic Stem Cells in Liver Regeneration and Repair (A D Sharma & M Ott)Overview of Progress in the Differentiation of Embryonic Stem Cells into Pancreatic Beta-Cell Derivatives (J Jones et al.)Stem Cells and Clinical Application (N Levičar)Application of MRI to Stem Cell Imaging (K Bhakoo et al.)Readership: Life scientists, medical doctors and surgeons in academia and industry interested in stem cells and developing stem cell therapies. Scientists in biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.