Following the banking cycle of umbilical cord blood in India: the disparity between prebanking persuasion and post-banking utilization

Patra, Prasanna and Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret (2016) Following the banking cycle of umbilical cord blood in India: the disparity between prebanking persuasion and post-banking utilization. New Genetics and Society, 35 (3). pp. 267-288. ISSN 1463-6778

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Abstract

To address critique of the rare uptake of umbilical cord blood (UCB) in private banks, hybrid-banking models would combine the advantages of ‘public UCB banking’ and private UCB banking by responding to both market forces and public needs. We question both by following the cycle of UCB banking in India: the circulation and stagnation of UCB as waste, gift, biological insurance, enclaved good, source of saving lives, and commodity through various practices of public, private and hybrid UCB banking. Making the journey from ‘recruitment’, ‘collection’ and ‘banking’ to ‘research’ and ‘therapy’ allowed us to identify concerns about the transparency of this cycle. Drawing on archival research and fieldwork interviews with different stakeholders in UCB banks in India, this article shows how private/hybrid cord blood banks are competing for their market share and its implication for the circulation of UCB: speculation, stagnation and opacity.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: India, Umbilical cord blood banking, Stem cells
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Depositing User: Sharon Krummel
Date Deposited: 04 Aug 2016 13:51
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 15:22
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/62222

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Bionetworking in Asia - A social science approach to international collaboration, informal exchanges, and responsible innovation in the life sciencesG0812EUROPEAN UNION283219
Bionetworking in Asia - International collaboration, exchange, and responsible innovation in the life sciencesG0750ESRC-ECONOMIC & SOCIAL RESEARCH COUNCILES/I018107/1