Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis / Edition 1

Born and Made: An Ethnography of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis / Edition 1

by Sarah Franklin, Celia Roberts
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691121931

ISBN-13: 9780691121932

Pub. Date: 10/30/2006

Publisher: Princeton University Press

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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691121932
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2006
Series:
In-Formation Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
282
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Figures ix

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xv

Introduction: Babies by Design? 1

Chapter 1: What Is PGD? 25

Chapter 2: Studying PGD 75

Chapter 3: Getting to PGD 94

Chapter 4: Going Through PGD 132

Chapter 5: Moving On from PGD 163

Chapter 6: Accounting for PGD 196

Conclusion: PGD Futures? 218

Appendix 231

References 233

Index 249

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