Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

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November 2006



""Born and Made" is the first full-length qualitative study of preimplantation genetic diagnosis. Using the methods of cultural studies and ethnography, Franklin and Roberts observe a London hospital laboratory that delivers this service to couples whose genetic history is fraught with dead children, miscarriages, and infertility. This is a compelling story of science in action."--Rayna Rapp, New York University
"Franklin and Roberts provide an innovative analysis of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) through an ethnographic account of scientists, clinicians, genetic counselors, and patients. The everyday stories in this book will disprove popular fears that PGD will usher in a 'brave new world' of 'designer babies.' "In Born and Made," readers will discover new languages for discussing the transformative sociologies of reproductive technology."--Stefan Helmreich, "Massachusetts Institute of Technology"


List of Figures ix Acknowledgments xi Preface xv Introduction: Babies by Design? 1 Chapter 1: What Is PGD? 25 Chapter 2: Studying PGD 75 Chapter 3: Getting to PGD 94 Chapter 4: Going Through PGD 132 Chapter 5: Moving On from PGD 163 Chapter 6: Accounting for PGD 196 Conclusion: PGD Futures? 218 Appendix 231 References 233 Index 249


Sarah Franklin is Professor of the Social Study of Biomedicine in the Department of Sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Celia Roberts is a Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University.


"The book is a source of valuable messages; it provides enlightening perspectives on the political, moral and ethical aspects of PGD and highlights intriguing philosophical questions... Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis will constitute a valuable resource for professionals working in a variety of disciplines converging on the multidisciplinary field of assisted reproduction; at the same time, the book will benefit those who consider, or are referred for, assisted reproduction techniques."--Richard A. Stein, TRENDS in Endocrinology and Metabolism
EAN: 9780691121932
ISBN: 0691121931
Untertitel: 'In-Formation'. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2006
Seitenanzahl: 256 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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