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Regenerative medicine and human life extension are among the most cutting-edge pursuits in science, and potentially among the most profitable. In Merchants of Immortality, Stephen S. Hall offers both an expose of this fascinating science and a case study of the billion-dollar industry that has grown up around it. At the center of the field are stem cell research and cloning—topics of continuous ethical debate—and the stem cell legislation that has unintentionally created a strange and thriving private-sector business niche.
Merchants of Immortality is a captivating, incisive account of a new frontier at the intersection of biology and business.
|Prologue: The Never-Ending Life||1|
|1||The Hayflick Limit||14|
|2||"A Circle Has No Ends"||42|
|3||The Born-Again Darwinian||60|
|4||"Money for Jam"||78|
|5||Controlling the Headwaters||92|
|6||"The White House Was Nervous..."||105|
|7||Cloning in Silico||127|
|9||Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys..."||158|
|10||Dead in the Water||174|
|14||The Snowflake Intervention||245|
|15||The Breath of Life||272|
|16||Free the Bush 64!||294|