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Biological Relatives: IVF, Stem Cells, and the Future of Kinship (Experimental Futures: Technological Lives, Scientific Arts, Anthropological Voices)

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Thirty-five years after its initial success as a form of technologically assisted human reproduction, and five million miracle babies later, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a routine procedure worldwide. In Biological Relatives, Sarah Franklin explores how the normalization of IVF has changed how both technology and biology are understood. Drawing on anthropology, feminist theory, and science studies, Franklin charts the evolution of IVF from an experimental research technique into a global technological platform used for a wide variety of applications, including genetic diagnosis, livestock breeding, cloning, and stem cell research. She contends that despite its ubiquity, IVF remains a highly paradoxical technology that confirms the relative and contingent nature of biology while creating new biological relatives. Using IVF as a lens, Franklin presents a bold and lucid thesis linking technologies of gender and sex to reproductive biomedicine, contemporary bioinnovation, and the future of kinship.

Synopsis:

Sarah Franklin explores the history and future of in vitro fertilization (IVF) thirty-five years and five million babies after its initial success as a form of technologically-assisted human reproduction.

About the Author

Sarah Franklin holds the Professorship in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy and coeditor (with Susan McKinnon) of Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies, both also published by Duke University Press.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780822354994
Author:
Franklin, Sarah
Publisher:
Duke University Press
Author:
Franklin, Sarah B.
Subject:
Anthropology - Cultural
Subject:
anthropology;cultural anthropology
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Experimental Futures
Publication Date:
20131131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 illustrations, 1 table
Pages:
376

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Health and Self-Help » Child Care and Parenting » Infertility and Planning
Health and Self-Help » Health and Medicine » Medical Specialties
History and Social Science » Anthropology » Cultural Anthropology
History and Social Science » Feminist Studies » General

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