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- DescriptionThirty-five years after its initial success as a form of techlogically assisted human reproduction, and five million miracle babies later, in vitro fertilization (IVF) has become a routine procedure worldwide. In Biological Relatives, Sarah Franklin explores how the rmalization of IVF has changed how both techlogy and biology are understood. Drawing on anthropology, feminist theory, and science studies, Franklin charts the evolution of IVF from an experimental research technique into a global techlogical platform used for a wide variety of applications, including genetic diagsis, livestock breeding, cloning, and stem cell research. She contends that despite its ubiquity, IVF remains a highly paradoxical techlogy that confirms the relative and contingent nature of biology while creating new biological relatives. Using IVF as a lens, Franklin presents a bold and lucid thesis linking techlogies of gender and sex to reproductive biomedicine, contemporary bioinvation, and the future of kinship.
- Author BiographySarah Franklin holds the Professorship in Sociology at the University of Cambridge. She is the author of Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy and coeditor (with Susan McKinnon) of Relative Values: Reconfiguring Kinship Studies, both also published by Duke University Press.
- Author(s)Sarah Franklin
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2013
- SubjectMedicine: General
- Series TitleExperimental Futures
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note30 illustrations, 1 table
- Weight640 g
- Width3887 mm
- Height5817 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Format DetailsCloth over boards
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