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Embryonic economies: the double reproductive value of stem cells

Franklin, Sarah (2006) Embryonic economies: the double reproductive value of stem cells. Biosocieties, 1 (1). pp. 71-90. ISSN 1745-8552

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Abstract

Human Embryonic Stem (hES) cell research has met with a mixed reception internationally, but in the UK remains a significant national priority. Management of what is called the ‘national embryo supply’ in the UK involves new forms of governance at the ‘IVF-Stem cell Interface’, where questions about the provenance of donated embryos, including the ethics of their sourcing, are at a premium. This article explores the question of embryo donation to stem cell research from the perspective of the increasing proximity of IVF and hES cell derivation, using a model of ‘double reproductive value’ to explore what forms of exchange and flow are occurring, and how these are defined and negotiated in the context of a national hES cell coordination network of practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJourna...
Additional Information: (c) 2006 Cambridge University Press.
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Sets: Research centres and groups > BIOS (Centre for the Study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society)
Departments > Sociology
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 17 May 2007
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/943/

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