Few modern medical breakthroughs have been as far reaching – and controversial – as stem cell use. But most people know little more about it beyond the swirling debate regarding the use of embryos. Over the course of the last ten years, however, stem cell research has begun to eradicate some of the most intractable and dangerous diseases.
Alice Park, senior science writer for Time magazine, has reported on health and medicine issues as diverse as AIDS, anxiety and Alzheimer's disease. Her new book, "Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives," introduces readers to the science of stem cells, and the resulting advances in medicine that could revolutionize the way diseases are treated – and the way we treat disease. She will talk about her book Monday, June 13, at noon at Westport Public Library.
In "Stem Cell Hope: How Stem Cell Medicine Can Change Our Lives," Park follows the science from the cells' controversial beginnings to recent developments that might allow the creation of these versatile and life-saving cells without the need for embryos. She also profiles scientists and leaders -- many of whom have compelling stories -- who have championed stem cell research throughout the years.
Ms. Park's work has been recognized with awards of excellence from the National Arthritis Foundation and the National Headache Foundation.
Her talk, which is free, takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Library's McManus Room. Books will be available for purchase and signing afterwards. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Library.