I know there are a lot of classes on stem cells going on out there.
Part of the challenge of teaching students and trainees about stem cells is that the topic is a moving target.
Another challenge is that knowing the biology is simply not enough.
Finally there wasn’t a definitive book–text book or other wise– that covers the key science stuff and also the real world issues of stem cells such as stem cell treatments, ethical challenges, and more.
The stem cell community including students needs to be knowledgable of and savvy about larger issues too such as stem cell tourism, regulatory issues, how to get a stem cell treatment to the clinic, bioethics, GMP, patient needs and issues, and more.
My new book, Stem Cells: An Insider’s Guide, while not a textbook, covers all of this material. It also has scores of key weblinks to other key resources, a collection found nowhere else. It is available as paperback or as Kindle or e-book from the publisher here.
If you are teaching a stem cell class or taking one or just want to learn more about what’s really going on in the stem cell field, I hope you’ll take a look at my book. Please let me know if you are interested in teaching with the book as recommended reading for your students.