Regenerating Bodies : Tissue and Cell Therapies in the Twenty-First Century.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandGenetics and Society: Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor and Francis, 2012Copyright date: ©2012Description: 1 online resource (241 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781136596254Subject(s): Feminism and science | Medical technology -- Forecasting | Regenerative medicine -- Moral and ethical aspects | Stem cells -- Research -- Moral and ethical aspectsGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Regenerating Bodies : Tissue and Cell Therapies in the Twenty-First CenturyDDC classification: 174.28 LOC classification: QH499 -- .K45 2012Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Regenerating Bodies -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgements -- 1. Commodifying tissues and cells: The new tissue economies -- Introduction -- Emerging bioeconomies -- Sourcing tissues for health technologies -- Engineering tissues -- Stem cells -- The skin business -- Engineering skin -- Conclusion -- 2. Regenerative medicine: a paradigm shift? -- Introduction -- Continuities with the past: culturing cells -- Governing science with new institutions: the UK Stem Cell Bank -- Boundary making -- Distributed networks, commercialization and therapeutic use of stem cells -- Innovation, transplantation medicine and stem cell science -- Innovation in neuroscience using fetal tissue -- Conclusion -- 3. Regulation and governance of tissue- and cell-based therapies in Europe: Ethical controversy and the politics of risk -- Introduction -- Ethical controversy and the principle of subsidiarity -- Banking communities -- Industry and the regulatory state: regulating the market in human-tissue products -- Conclusion -- 4. A 'strict but permissive approach': A case study of UK regulation of human-tissue and cell therapies -- Introduction -- Progressive science and UK science policy -- The HFEA model, 1990-2008 -- A national scandal: from professional self-regulation to a new regulatory order -- Using human tissues in research -- Tissue banking: therapeutic use of human tissue and cells -- Regulating hybridity and boundary objects -- Conclusion -- 5. 'Football fields of skin': a masculinist dream? -- Introduction -- Gender, science and technology -- Defining clinical (social) need -- Cartilage repair and regeneration -- Women's labour: gendering the bioeconomy -- The fetal-tissue economy -- Conclusion -- 6. Remaking the self -- Introduction -- Technologies of the body -- Multiplications -- Self and other.
Being human, donating tissue for research and therapies -- Plastic bodies -- Culturing cells and regulating the self -- Beyond limits: materiality and subjectivity -- Towards a feminist bioethics of the body -- Conclusion -- 7. Life, death and immortality -- Introduction -- Women and embryos: informed consent -- Abortion, fetal death, corpses and organ donation: the right to choose -- From transplantation medicine to regenerative medicine: innovation stories -- Feminist (embodied) futures? -- Conclusion -- Appendix -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global 'tissue economies' the author explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell science. The book explores how regenerative medicine configures and conceptualizes bodies and argues that the development of regenerative medicine is a feminist issue. In Regenerating Bodies, Kent critically examines the transformative potential of regenerative medicine and whether it represents a paradigm shift from more traditional forms of biomedicine. The book shows that users of these technologies are gendered and women's bodies are enrolled in the production of them in particular ways. So what is the value of a feminist bioethics for thinking about the ethical issues at stake? Drawing on extensive qualitative field research, Kent examines the issues around donation, procurement, banking and engineering of human tissues, and presents an analysis of the regulatory and policy debates surrounding these practices within Europe and the UK. The book considers the claims that regenerative medicine represents exciting possibilities for treating the diseases of ageing bodies, critically assessing what kind of futures are embodied in tissue and cell based therapies. It will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students within the social sciences, in health technology studies, bioethics, feminist studies, and gender and health studies.
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Julie Kent is Professor of Sociology of Health Technology at the University of the West of England in Bristol. Her research and publications examine the connections between ethics and regulation, the gendering of bodies, human tissue use in the biosciences and the emergence of 'regenerative medicine'.