Germline Stem Cells / edited by Steven X. Hou, Shree Ram Singh.
- Hou, Steven X.
About this work
The knowledge gained by studying germline stem cells, the source of human and animal reproduction, may find immediate application in preserving endangered wildlife, managing commercial livestock, overcoming fertility problems in humans, and treating testicular and ovary tumors. In Germline Stem Cells, leading experts explore the parameters that define germline stem cells and the mechanisms that regulate the cell behavior in order to better isolate, characterize and maintain them. Divided into two parts, the volume begins by providing protocols for germline stem cell identification and regulation in model organisms, and concludes with detailed chapters covering current techniques involving in vitro culture and the applications of the cells. Following the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology™ series format, each chapter includes a brief introduction to the subject, a list of necessary equipment and reagents, step-by-step laboratory protocols, and tips on troubleshooting and avoiding known pitfalls. Comprehensive and cutting-edge, Germline Stem Cells is the perfect reference for scientists exploring this particular exciting and important subdivision in the fast-paced field of stem cell research.