Latent science collaboration: strategic cultures of bioethical capacity building in mainland China's stem cell world

Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret (2013) Latent science collaboration: strategic cultures of bioethical capacity building in mainland China's stem cell world. Biosocieties, 8 (32). pp. 7-24. ISSN 1745-8552

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Abstract

This article discusses how bioethical regulation in Mainland China’s life sciences has been shaped through international developments in science and regulation. The post-1978 Dengist reforms of opening up and market liberalisation have led to conditions in which scientists are open to international scientific collaborations. The need to push science and their careers forward has led scientists to accept and experiment with conditions that facilitate international scientific collaborations even before they are developed. This form of ‘latent collaboration’ leads to dependency on international regulatory decisions, while its embedding invites the flexibilisation of bioethics. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews with over 40 scientists in China between 2006 and 2008, this article shows how scientists uphold particular bioethical guidelines while keeping in mind the possibility of working together with imaginary or potential collaborators

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Q Science
Depositing User: Margaret Sleeboom-Faulkner
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2013 07:32
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013 07:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/43747

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