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作者 Fagan, Melinda
書名 Philosophy of stem cell biology [electronic resource] : knowledge in flesh and blood / Melinda Fagan
出版項 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013
國際標準書號 9781137296023 (electronic bk.)
113729602X (electronic bk.)
book jacket
說明 1 online resource : ill
系列 New directions in the philosophy of science
New directions in the philosophy of science
附註 Includes bibliographical references and index
Visceral Phenomena -- Stem Cell Concepts -- Don't Know What You've Got 'Til It's Gone: Evidence in Stem Cell Experiments -- A State of Uncertainty: Stemness and the Roles of Theory -- Mechanistic Explanation: The Joint Account -- Genes and Development: The Stem Cell Perspective -- Pluripotent Model Organisms -- Social Experiments -- Integrating Stem Cell and Systems Biology -- Clinical Values
Examining stem cell biology from a philosophy of science perspective, this book clarifies the field's central concept, the stem cell, as well as its aims, methods, models, explanations and evidential challenges. The first chapters discuss what stem cells are, how experiments identify them, and why these two issues cannot be completely separated. The basic concepts, methods and structure of the field are set out, as well as key limitations and challenges. The second part of the book shows how rigorous explanations emerge from stem cell experiments, and compares these to other kinds of scientific explanation. Model organisms, the role of genes, and the significance of collaboration are also discussed. The last part of the book considers relations to systems biology and clinical medicine, arguing that both the mathematical models of the former, and ethical principles of the latter, are necessary for stem cell biology to deliver on its promises
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主題 Stem cells -- Research -- Philosophy
Stem cells -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspects
MEDICAL / Research bisacsh
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