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Stem cell lacunae

Sarah Franklin: Biological relatives: IVF, stem cells, and the future of kinship. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013, 376pp, $26.95, £17.99 PB Charis Thompson: Good science: The ethical choreography of stem cell research. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013, 360pp, $36.00, £24.95 HB

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  1. Another gap is the exclusion of philosophy (apart from bioethics) from multidisciplinary ethical discussion, though Thompson refers at times to philosophical theories (e.g., consequentialism).

  2. The idea of biology and engineering interacting in a “frontier contact zone” is brought up in Chapter 7, but not pursued.

  3. Similarly misleading is the claim that UK is “home to hES derivation” (64)—the key experiments were performed at the University of Wisconsin.


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Fagan, M.B. Stem cell lacunae. Metascience 24, 147–153 (2015).

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