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Trading the Genome Investigating the Commodification of Bio-Information

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ISBN-10: 0231121741

ISBN-13: 9780231121743

Edition: 2004

Authors: Bronwyn Parry

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Major changes in scientific, technological, and regulatory domains have fundamentally altered the way collected biological materials are used industrially. New technological artifacts are being created -- cell lines, cryogenically stored tissue samples, biochemical extracts, and even sequenced DNA stored on databases -- each of which contains highly sought after genetic and biochemical information. Able to be cloned, copied, synthesized and engineered, rented, downloaded, viewed, and exchanged, these bio-informational "proxies" may be transacted thousands of times in any given month or year. The result is an extremely lucrative, albeit largely invisible, resource economy in bio-information.…    
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Book details

List price: $65.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 9/29/2004
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.298
Language: English

Bronwyn Parry is an economic and cultural geographer who holds a senior research fellowship at King's College, University of Cambridge. Her current research focuses on the creation and use of human tissue collections in the UK.

List of Illustrations
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The Collection of Nature and the Nature of Collecting
Revealing the Social and Spatial Dynamics of Collecting
Collecting as Simple Acquisition: Decontextualization and Exoticization
Collection as Concentration and Control
Collection as Recirculation and Regulation
New World Collectors
Speedup: Accelerating the Social and Spatial Dynamics of Collecting
Retheorizing Life Forms: Material and Informational?
The Rise of the Information and Bio-Information Economies
Emerging Markets: The Regulation of Trade in Bio-Information
New Collectors, New Collections
"When the world was a kinder and gentler place": Early Players and Vacation Pursuits
"An historic revival of collecting"
Impetus for the Revival: Technological Change
The Biodiversity Convention: New Protocols and New Ratioanles
GATT TRIPs: New Protections, New Incentives
The Practice and Process of Collecting
The Fate of the Collections
From Reproduction to Replication
"Build it for us"
Combinations and Permutations
The Diminishing Role of in situ Collecting
The Advent of Microsourcing
Re-mining ex situ Collections
The Emerging Trade in Collected Genetic and Biochemical Materials
Hire Plants: Renters and Brokers
Transacting Bio-Information: Licensing and "Pay-Per-View"
Taming the Slippery Beast: Regulating Trade in Bio-Information
Compensatory Agreements: The Rise of a Proto-Universal Culture of Regulation?
Networks, Capillaries, and the Geography of Knowledge Systems
Compensatory Agreements: Investigating Terms and Conditions
Infrastructural Support and Technical Training
Future Benefits: Royalty Payments
Taming the Slippery Beast
Regulating the Unlicensed Copying of Bio-Information
Concentration and Control: Patenting Collected Materials
The Complexities of "Co-Inventorship"
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