Encoding Capital: The Political Economy of the Human Genome Project / Edition 1

Encoding Capital: The Political Economy of the Human Genome Project / Edition 1

by Rodney Loeppky
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415972310

ISBN-13: 9780415972314

Pub. Date: 12/28/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book deals with the rapid changes in contemporary molecular biology, particularly genome sciences, and the manner in which they can be understood through the lens of political economy. Specifically, the work investigates the case of the United States-led Genome Project (HGP), in order to show that even large-scale basic science is closely bound up in the

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This book deals with the rapid changes in contemporary molecular biology, particularly genome sciences, and the manner in which they can be understood through the lens of political economy. Specifically, the work investigates the case of the United States-led Genome Project (HGP), in order to show that even large-scale basic science is closely bound up in the progression of capitalist social relations. The work has, in part, been motivated by the lack of rigorous analysis of the HGP. Most the existing literature tends to present either a chronological review of events surrounding the HGP or describe it thematically. In contrast, this book contributes to a needed discussion concerning the 'why and how' of the HGP emergence. It elucidates the features within capitalist social relations which have simultaneously enable the HGP and ensure its amenability to systemic demands. The work's most compelling elements are both historical and analytical. Historically, it places the HGP within the context of wider political, economic and social issues. Related to this, it puts forward an analytical, explanatory understanding of the project's emergence, making it a valuable tool for both political economists, science & society theorists, and even bioethicists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415972314
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/28/2004
Series:
New Political Economy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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