Dr. Teisha J. Rowland, the author of “All Things Stem Cell,” recently published a book inspired by this blog. In the book Biology Bytes: Digestible Essays on Stem Cells and Modern Medicine, author Dr. Rowland discusses the history and latest scientific advancements in these fields of science, and many more. With a specific focus on issues that we increasingly encounter in the modern world around us, Dr. Rowland explores cutting-edge science through essays that can be easily digested: complex scientific concepts are broken down into key points based on the latest discoveries, technical jargon is clearly explained, and the impacts of these discoveries on our lives is explored. This book includes comprehensible explorations of a wide range of topics, including different types of stem cells and treatments they may be used in (with updated essays from “All Things Stem Cell”), the development and impact of in vitro fertilization (a technique responsible for over 1% of U.S. births today), how and why GMOs are made, the creation of vaccines to fight cancer, and fascinating food science behind delectable drinks such as beer, wine, and tea. For $4.99, you can own the book!
Additionally, Dr. Rowland recently started a general biology blog titled “Biology Bytes” (at www.biology-bytes.com). The blog has short articles posted twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays) on a variety of biology topics, so far ranging from melanoma in fish, toads that hatch eggs inside their skin, and the decline of the honey bees, to less technical coverage of stem cell topics. The most recent article, “Lab-Grown Meat: Triumphs and Challenges,” is on the muscle stem cells used to create the recently taste-tested stem cell “meat” patty — it is a less technical (and shorter) version of the “All Things Stem Cell” post “Cooking with Stem Cells.” Tune in to “Biology Bytes” for bi-weekly short stories on a wide array of fascinating biology topics, including more accessible explanations of stem cell biology.