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Craft in Biomedical Research

The iPS Cell Technology and the Future of Stem Cell Science

Authors: Meskus, Mianna

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  • Discusses key concepts such as the material politics of science, constitutive relationality, nonhuman agency, craftwork, and continuum of instrumentality and care
  • Traces the political and economic expectations placed upon stem cell research in translating human stem cells from the laboratory to the clinic and to the pharmaceutical market
  • Discusses the future of stem cell science in the age of bioindustrialization and large-scale cell banking
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This book explores the new ways in which biology is becoming technology. The revolutionary iPS cell technology has made it possible to turn human skin and blood cells into pluripotent stem cells, thus providing an unprecedented opportunity to study the pathophysiology of diseases, understand human developmental biology, and generate new therapies. Drawing from a rich ethnographic study, Meskus traces the making of the iPS cell technology through the perspectives of clinical translation, laboratory experimentation, and tissue donation by voluntary patients. Discussing non-human agency, the embodied and affective basis of knowledge production, and the material politics of science, the book develops the idea of an instrumentality-care continuum as a fundamental dynamic of biomedical craft. This continuum, Meskus argues, opens up a novel perspective to the commercialization and industrial-scale appropriation of human biology, and thereby to the future of ethical biomedical research.

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Mianna Meskus is Associate Professor at the University of Tampere, Finland. Her research explores technoscientific shaping of humanity from various perspectives, including reproduction, gender, biomedicine, politics and ethics.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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eBook 74,96 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Hardcover 96,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-47552-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Craft in Biomedical Research
Book Subtitle
The iPS Cell Technology and the Future of Stem Cell Science
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-46910-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-46910-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47552-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 240
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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