From One Cell: A Journey Into Life's Origins and the Future of Medicine

From One Cell: A Journey Into Life's Origins and the Future of Medicine

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In From One Cell, physician and researcher Ben Stanger offers a breathtaking glimpse into what scientists are discovering about how life and the body take shape, and how these revelations stand to revolutionize medicine and the future of human health. How does the plethora of different tissues that compose our bodies arise from a single source? How do cells know what they are meant to become--skin or bone, blood or muscle--when all carry the same set of genetic instructions? Once a cell starts developing down one path, can it change its mind, or is its destiny irrevocably sealed? As Stanger shows us, the answers to these questions may at last empower us to solve some of our most persistently confounding medical challenges, from cancer to cognitive decline to degenerative disease. Learning how cells choose their identities and find their way in space could unlock lifesaving breakthroughs in regenerative medicine.        368 pages hc

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