The great problems of our time are increasingly global in nature. Climate change and pandemics, for example, have no respect for geopolitical borders. Policies to address such critical challenges must therefore necessarily be conceived and enacted at global scale. The need for innovation has never been greater, and yet the ability of the scientific community to translate and communicate advancements to society – and society's willingness to embrace them – has seemingly never been more challenged. We are living in crucial times, and it's of the utmost importance to collaborate and innovate for a better tomorrow. In this groundbreaking book, the author presents an optimistic approach to remedy some of the most pressing issues the world faces today.
Stem cell research, perhaps most recognized for its immense potential in human regenerative medicine, is among the most exciting frontiers in biological science today. In "The Ice Ark", Ian Noah Underwood introduces stem cells in the less publicized – but no less vital – context of potentially helping offset our planet's accelerating loss of biodiversity. Drawing comparisons to the biblical story of Noah's ark, Underwood presents complex scientific topics in a colorful, easily accessible, picture book format. He offers optimism, and he does so by engaging a youthful audience that should be most receptive to such optimism.