Abstract

Reprogramming technologies show that cellular identity can be reprogrammed, challenging the classical conception of cell differentiation as an irreversible process. If non-stem cells can be reprogrammed into stem cells, then what is it to be a stem cell, and what kind of property is stemness? This article addresses this question both philosophically and biologically, states the different possibilities, and illustrates their potential consequences for science with the example of anti-cancer therapies.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1529-8795
Print ISSN
0031-5982
Pages
pp. 229-246
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-07
Open Access
No
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