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Defining stem cells? Scientists and their classifications of nature

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Stem cell research (SCR) is a regular feature of news stories and public debates. In these, the existence of precisely defined, and definable, entities such as adult or embryonic stem cells is often taken for granted. This chapter examines these definitions and shows them to be fiercely contested, even within the scientific community. It argues that stem cells, and by extension nature, can be classified in particular ways and that this has epistemological, ontological and socio-political implications.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Marks, N. J. (2010). Defining stem cells? Scientists and their classifications of nature. The Sociological Review, 58 (s1), 32-50.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954361818

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1026

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 32

End Page


  • 50

Volume


  • 58

Issue


  • s1

Abstract


  • Stem cell research (SCR) is a regular feature of news stories and public debates. In these, the existence of precisely defined, and definable, entities such as adult or embryonic stem cells is often taken for granted. This chapter examines these definitions and shows them to be fiercely contested, even within the scientific community. It argues that stem cells, and by extension nature, can be classified in particular ways and that this has epistemological, ontological and socio-political implications.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Marks, N. J. (2010). Defining stem cells? Scientists and their classifications of nature. The Sociological Review, 58 (s1), 32-50.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77954361818

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1026

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 32

End Page


  • 50

Volume


  • 58

Issue


  • s1