The philosophy of stem cells: Melinda Bonnie Fagan: Philosophy of stem cell biology: Knowledge in flesh and blood. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013, xx+274pp, £66.00 HB [Book Review]

Metascience 24 (2):285-288 (2015)
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Melinda Fagan’s book on the philosophy of stem cell biology is a superb discussion of this exciting field of contemporary science, and the first book-length philosophical treatment of the subject. It contains a detailed and insightful examination of stem cell science, its structure, methods, and challenges.The book does not require any previous knowledge of stem cell biology—all the relevant scientific details and concepts, the central experimental procedures and results, as well as the historical development of the field, are presented in as clear and accessible a way as possible. The presentation of the science starts in Chapter 1, with a general characterisation of stem cell biology, and continues throughout the book, with every chapter deepening and complicating the initial picture. Fagan’s lucid style makes even the more technical and detailed discussions of the research on human embryonic stem cells and on blood stem cells easy to follow.After the first in ..

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