Because the concept and discoveries of cancer stem cells are relatively new, scientists and researchers need an introduction to this dynamic area. Cancer Stem Cells presents a consolidated account of the research done to date and recent progresses in the studies of cancer stem cells. Such a presentation facilitates a better understanding of and draws attention to stem cell and cancer biology - two fields that enhance, move, and evolve into each other continuously. It provides an informative study in designing approaches to apply stem cell principles to cancer biology while offering an overview of the challenges in developing combination stem and cancer biology targets for therapeutics. This book serves as a primer for new researchers in the field of cancer biology.
Sharmila Bapat, PHD, is a group leader of a small research group at the National Centre for Cell Science at India's University of Pune. She is an author of the first report on the isolation and identification of stem cells in ovarian cancer. Dr. Bapat organizes workshops on topics such as cell line establishment, immortalization of cultured cells, and stem cell protocols. She is also on the board of editors of the recently launched Journal of Ovarian Research.