Local Cells, Global Science: Embryonic Stem Cell Research in by Aditya Bharadwaj

By Aditya Bharadwaj

One of many first experiences of a thrilling new improvement in international biotechnology, this innovative textual content examines the level of the transnational events of tissues, stem cells, and services, within the constructing governance framework of India. Documenting the effect of neighborhood and international governance frames at the daily behavior of study, this groundbreaking ebook strains the adventure of ‘spare’ human embryos in IVF clinics to private and non-private laboratories engaged in separating stem cells for capability healing software. The dialogue additionally examines the gender size as a possible website for exploitation within the sourcing of embryonic and different biogenic fabrics, and means that an ethical financial system has built during which the moral values of the worldwide 'North' aid and inspire the donation of ample and ethically ‘neutral’ embryos by way of the 'South'. This distinct exploration is grounded in an empirical, multi-sited ethnographic research that takes a completely comparative research of the moral, spiritual and social concerns in Europe, the U.S., and organ donations already normal in India. during this theoretically-sensitive research, the authors use the assets of social anthropology and the social sciences in an leading edge textual content with the intention to entice postgraduates and execs within the components of STS reviews, genetics, bioethics, and anthropology.

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Rabinow, 1996: 99) The social science imagination has variously conceptualized the constructed nature of the biological, organic, natural and their shifting meanings. Concepts such as hybrids (Latour, 1993), juxtapositions (Strathern, 1992) and cyborgs (Haraway, 1990; 1991) have, alongside the notion of biosociality (Rabinow, 1992), been used to problematize the bioscapes of late- or postmodern societies. These analyses have all, in various ways, made problematic the relationships between nature and culture.

Bio-crossing, extraction, insertion While a lot of ink has been spilt discussing the neo-liberal agenda around the globe, Paul Farmer’s (2003) formulation, as outlined in Chapter 2, is helpful in contextualizing neo-India. The distorted face of neo-liberal economies is further exemplified if we add to the picture the parallel bio-economies and, following Waldby (2002), the promissory biovalue they hope to generate: Biovalue refers to the yield of vitality produced by the biotechnological reformulation of living processes.

It is through these expressions of desire for scientific and economic domination that the Indian state is seeking to bring about a fundamental shift in its global political standing, desires that are most graphically literalized in its long-standing ambition to acquire a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, and more recently by acquiring its first overseas military base, in the central Asian state of Tajikistan (Walsh, 2006). The archaic and the modern: religion, philosophy and biotechnology Politically charged enunciatory tropes in India often draw on a notion of Indian civil society as being structured by deep-rooted ‘cultural’ ideas – seen as conducive to the conduct of science – that frame India as a fertile terrain for biotech production, promotion and consumption.

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