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University of Minnesota Medical School physician scientist and former FASEB President Dr. Leo Furcht and medical editor William Hoffman have published a second edition of The Stem Cell Dilemma, their comprehensive and balanced 2008 book that explores the science and controversy behind stem cell research. In addition to explaining in non-technical language what stem cells are, how they work, and why their use has become so controversial, Hoffman and Furcht analyze the latest scientific, clinical, legislative, and legal developments in the field. "Stem cells hold promise for revolutionary new medical treatments of deadly diseases including Parkinson's, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Medical use of stem cells could inhibit the complications of aging and improve the treatment of Alzheimer's," Furcht stated. The second edition also includes a forward written by Brock Reeve, Executive Director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and brother of the late Christopher Reeve. An excerpt of the new book is available on The Atlantic’s website.  
On February 6th the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released Always There: the Remarkable Life of Ruth Lillian Kirschstein, MD, a new biography about the former deputy and acting director of the agency who died in October 2009. Among her many achievements, Dr. Kirschstein was a key player in the development of a safe and effective polio vaccine, the first woman director of a major institute at the NIH, an advocate for basic biomedical research and training programs, and a champion of programs that provide opportunity to underrepresented minority students. She was also a frequent presence at congressional budget hearings, and was instrumental in developing the strong bipartisan support that NIH now enjoys from Congress. Written by Alison F. Davis, PhD, the book weaves candid moments of Ruth Kirschstein together with dozens of interviews with family, friends, and colleagues to paint a portrait of the woman some knew as skilled scientist and administrator, and others viewed as trusted advisor and mentor. Kirschstein’s husband Alan Rabson, MD and son Arnold Rabson, MD co-authored the forward. The free book is available in several digital formats on the NIH website. It was published through a collaborative effort by the NIH Office of Intramural Research, the Office of Communications and Public Liaison in the Office of the Director, and with support from the agency’s Institutes and Centers.