As bio-capital in the form of medical kwledge, skills, and investments moves with greater frequency from its origin in First World industrialized settings to resource-poor communities with weak or little infrastructure, countries with emerging ecomies are starting to expand new indigeus science bases of their own. The case studies here, from the UK, West Africa, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Latin America and elsewhere, investigate the forms of collaborative kwledge relations needed and the effects of ethics review and legal systems on local communities, and also demonstrate how anthropologically-informed insights may hope to influence key policy debates. Questions of governance in science and techlogy, as well as ethical issues related to bio-invation, are increasingly being featured as topics of complex resourcing and international debate, and this volume is a much-needed resource for interdisciplinary practitioners and specialists in medical anthropology, social theory, corporate ethics, science and techlogy studies.
Monica Konrad is amedical anthropologist and Bye-Fellow in Social Anthropology at Girton College, Cambridge. She has served as an adviser to a number of organizations including the UK Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the International Council for Science (Paris), and since 2010 has been a working group member of the World Health Organization Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership (Geneva). Her publications include Nameless Relations (Berghahn Books 2005), and Narrating the New Predictive Genetics (Cambridge University Press 2005).