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Born and Made
By Sarah Franklin

Born and Made

An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis

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Born and Made by Sarah Franklin

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Are new reproductive and genetic technologies racing ahead of a society that is unable to establish limits to their use? Have the "new genetics" outpaced our ability to control their future applications? This book examines the case of preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), the procedure used to prevent serious genetic disease by embryo selection, and the so-called "designer baby" method. Using detailed empirical evidence, the authors show that far from being a runaway technology, the regulation of PGD over the past fifteen years provides an example of precaution and restraint, as well as continual adaptation to changing social circumstances. Through interviews, media and policy analysis, and participant observation at two PGD centers in the United Kingdom, Born and Made provides an in-depth sociological examination of the competing moral obligations that define the experience of PGD. Among the many novel findings of this pathbreaking ethnography of reproductive biomedicine is the prominence of uncertainty and ambivalence among PGD patients and professionals--a finding characteristic of the emerging "biosociety," in which scientific progress is inherently paradoxical and contradictory. In contrast to much of the speculative futurology that defines this field, Born and Made provides a timely and revealing case study of the on-the-ground decision-making that shapes technological assistance to human heredity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780691121932
ISBN-10: 0691121931
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

Books By Author Sarah Franklin

Off-Centre by Sarah Franklin Off-Centre, Paperback (January 2014)

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Global Nature, Global Culture by Sarah Franklin Global Nature, Global Culture, Paperback (September 2000)

An exploration of understandings of globalization in relation to the 'nature, culture and gender' concerns of two decades of feminist theory.

Technologies of Procreation by Sarah Franklin Technologies of Procreation, Hardback (February 1999)

Using evidence from cross-disciplinary research carried out in 1990- 1991, this text tackles debates relating to the concept of kinship and aims to bridge the gap between medical technology and cultural values.

Embodied Progress by Sarah Franklin Embodied Progress, Hardback (February 1997)

Has reproductive choice become part of consumer culture? Based on ethnographic research, this study foregrounds the experiences of women and couples who undergo IVF, whilst also asking how such experiences may be variously understood.

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Author Biography - Sarah Franklin

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.

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