Biobanking in transnational perspective

Sleeboom-Faulkner, Margaret (2009) Biobanking in transnational perspective. In: Döring, Ole (ed.) Ethical governance of biological and biomedical research: Chinese-European co-operation (Second edition). Bionet, pp. 28-32.

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Biobanking almost always involves international collaboration and the traffic of knowledge, data and materials between countries and regions. Nevertheless, problems related to tissue sampling and the maintenance of biobanks in Asia and Europe are usually explained in static terms of cultural, economic, historical and political dichotomies between the West and China, neo-liberalism and socialism, modern and traditional. A broader perspective shows that, when defined in such static opposites, the transnational dynamics of biobanks are hard to understand. But none of these contrasts by themselves are sufficient to understand the particular circumstances of biobanking issues that occur in specific locations. Examples from India, Indonesia, Japan and China show that only by situating the specific local situation of biobanks in their global contexts can we appreciate the transactional spaces and transnational traffic involved in biobanking.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > Anthropology
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
Depositing User: Nadya Herrera Catalan
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2015 07:26
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2015 07:26

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