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Becoming immortal : combining cloning and stem-cell therapy

Author: Stanley Shostak
Publisher: Albany : State University of New York Press, ©2002.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stanley Shostak
ISBN: 0791454010 9780791454015 0791454029 9780791454022
OCLC Number: 48223401
Description: xii, 309 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1 Quo Vadis? 1 --
Why Become Immortal? 3 --
Has Life Changed? 4 --
"Hello, Dolly!" and Salutations to Stem Cells 9 --
Why We Are Not Immortal Or What Is Life Anyway? 17 --
Achieving Immortality through Biotechnology 36 --
2 Why Immortality Cannot Evolve 45 --
Where Does Longevity Come From, and Why Has Evolution Made Us Mortal Rather than Immortal? 46 --
What Is an Evolutionary View of Longevity, And Why Are the Prospects so Bleak for Achieving Immortality through Evolution? 65 --
Afterword: Immortality Triumphant! 79 --
3 Why Immortality Cannot Develop 81 --
Development's "Why, Where, What, When, How, and Why?" 83 --
Development According to Embryologists and Developmental Biologists 111 --
4 Life's Fundamental Feature: Devolution 125 --
Getting Down to Basics: Life Begins 126 --
An Introduction to Devolution 132 --
The Devolution of Eucarya 135 --
The Devolution of Sex 141 --
The Devolution of Metazoa 146 --
The Devolution of Life Histories 151 --
The Devolution of Death 155 --
5 Making Immortals: From Blastocyst to Generator 165 --
Taking Another Look at Cloning 166 --
Taking Another Look at Stem Cells 176 --
Making Immortals 186 --
Making Generators 187 --
Epilogue: Reprise and Prediction 195 --
Prospects for Immortalization 196 --
Adjustments Required by Immortalization 202 --
At What Cost 207.
Responsibility: Stanley Shostak.

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