Local Cells, Global Science: The Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India

By: Aditya Bharadwaj and Peter Glasner

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The book examines for the first time the extent of transnational movements of tissue, stem cells, and expertise, in the developing governance framework of India. It documents the impact of local and global governance frames on the everyday conduct of research, by tracing the journey of ‘spare’ human embryos in IVF clinics to public and private laboratories engaged in isolating stem cells for potential therapeutic application. The empirical research is informed by a comparative analysis of the ethical, religious and social issues in North America and Europe, and compared with other tissue and organ donations already prevalent in India. The discussion also examines the gender dimension as a potential site for exploitation in the sourcing of embryonic and other biogenic materials, and suggests that a moral economy has developed in which the ethical values of the global North support and encourage the donation of abundant and ethically ‘neutral’ embryos by the South. Contents Acknowledgements 1. The local, the global, and the contextual: an introduction 2. Dis-locations: local cultures of cells, global transactions in science 3. Biosociality to bio-crossings: encounters with embryonic stem cell in India 4. Sacrificial gifts: infertile citizens and the moral economy of embryos 5. ‘Miraculous stem cells’: the liminal third space and media rhetoric 6. One ethic fits all? Complexities in cross-cultural standardization, bioethics and regulatory protocols 7. Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index. Printed Pages: 148.

Title: Local Cells, Global Science: The Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India

Author Name: Aditya Bharadwaj and Peter Glasner

Categories: Science, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: London, UK, Routledge: 2009

ISBN: 0415396093

ISBN 13: 9780415396097

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 031504

Keywords: Embryonic Stem Cell Research India