Trading the Genome: Investigating the Commodification of Bio-Information

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Columbia University Press, Aug 7, 2012 - Science - 352 pages
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In a groundbreaking work that draws on anthropology, history, philosophy, business and law, Parry links firsthand knowledge of the operation of the bioprospecting industry to a sophisticated analysis of broader economic, regulatory, and technological transformations to reveal the complex economic and political dynamics that underpin the new global trade in bio-information.
 

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Contents

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INTRODUCTION
THE COLLECTION OF NATURE AND THE NATURE
Collection as Concentration and Control
Collection as Recirculation and Regulation
New World Collectors
Material and Informational?
The Rise of the Information and BioInformation Economies
The Diminishing Role of in situ Collecting
The Emerging Trade in Collected Genetic and Biochemical
Renters and Brokers
REGULATING TRADE
Networks Capillaries and the Geography of Knowledge Systems
Investigating Terms and Conditions
Royalty Payments
Taming the Slippery Beast

The Regulation of Trade in BioInformation
NEW COLLECTORS NEW COLLECTIONS
An historic revival of collecting
Technological Change
New Protections New Incentives
THE FATE OF THE COLLECTIONS
Build it for us
Patenting Collected Materials
BACK TO THE FUTURE
Methodology
Bibliography
Index
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Bronwyn Parry is an economic and cultural geographer who holds a senior research fellowship at King's College, University of Cambridge. Her current research focuses on the creation and use of human tissue collections in the UK.


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