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Emerging Sciences and New Conceptions of Disease: Or, Beyond the Monogenomic Differentiated Cell Lineage<sup>1</sup>

John Dupré

in Processes of Life

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199691982
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738111 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199691982.003.0014
Emerging Sciences and New Conceptions of Disease: Or, Beyond the Monogenomic Differentiated Cell Lineage1

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This chapter considers one range of possible implications of the view of living things, and the developments in general biology described in the preceding chapters, implications for medical science. In particular, it considers the potential medical significance of such exciting contemporary advances in general biology, in such fields as epigenetics, metagenomics, and systems biology. A more nuanced conception of the biological individual suggests different perspectives on the nature of some diseases, ranging from cancer to diseases caused by microbial pathogens.

Keywords: disease; cancer; pathogen

Chapter.  6384 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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