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Life on Ice : A History of New Uses for Cold Blood (Hardcover) (Joanna Radin)
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In the mid-twentieth century, scientists’ anxieties about survival and salvation led them to stockpile and freeze materials from communities that seemed to embody potentially valuable biological resources. This has grown into a monumental, tissue-based infrastructure that enables a huge range of contemporary research in the private and public sectors. Preserved tissues have been mined again and again, each time for new constituents, and arguments have been made about the urgency of acquiring ever more “high quality specimens.” At the same time, concerns about privacy and property have dominated the ethical, legal, and social discussions surrounding what has been referred to as “the stored tissue issue.” In this book Joanna Radin explains the unique cultural and technical circumstances that created and gave momentum to the phenomenon of life on ice. This is a fascinating inquiry into how and why the question “who do I think I am?” came to be asked in the language of science and how the practice of accumulating blood samples shaped the emergence of biomedicine at the dawn of the genomic age.
Number of Pages: 305
Genre: Science, History, Technology
Sub-Genre: Research, History
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Joanna Radin
Street Date: March 27, 2017
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-9678
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