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Cancer Stem Cells

Philosophy and Therapies

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$42.00 • £33.95 • €38.00

ISBN 9780674088740

Publication Date: 06/06/2016


272 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

20 halftones, 4 tables


Builds a much broader framework for understanding the biology of stem cells of all types… Laplane’s rigorous analyses unveil deep semantic and conceptual problems in the field… Laplane’s stemness framework should be of great value… A philosopher may indeed have straightened out the stem-cell field.—Hans Clever, Nature

Laplane places us right in the center of an urgently important discussion of cancer stem cells and the therapies that should accompany different theories. Her fresh philosophical perspective introduces us to a science in process, where the outcome is unknown and even the terms of debate remain contested.—Jane Maienschein, author of Embryos under the Microscope

If you had doubts about the utility of philosophy for science, read this book. Its lucid exploration of stem cells will convince you that even cancer therapy can benefit from the lights of philosophy.—Michel Morange, author of A History of Molecular Biology

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