Women in Biotechnology: Creating Interfaces / Edition 1

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Women in Biotechnology presents a unique study of the relationships and communications between women scientists, particularly those working in biotechnology. This is achieved by creating interfaces or collecting different points of view over several disciplines (i.e. economy, sociology, biology, genetics) to bridge the communication gap among science, the humanities and different feminist groups. The publication of this book is the first step in building a new scientific community that shares a common interest in improving the awareness of women scientists who are not an integral part of the decision-making processes in their respective fields. In this respect, Women in Biotechnology endeavours to address the ethical and bio-political implications in the different branches of contemporary research, and to promote the need of women holding decision-making power to consolidate the scientific and social responsibility to all scientists. Written for: Undergraduate students, biotechnology researchers, women scientists, socio-economic researchers, feminist associations, science communicators, and gender studies institutes

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"Women in Biotechnology examines legal, ethical, scientific, and technological issues related to development in biological technology from a woman’s point of view. … this volume is a collection of papers presented at the international Wombit Conference dealing with women in biotechnology in Rome, Italy, in June 2007. … it is also accessible to general readers and academic audiences in other science fields. Summing Up: Recommended. Academic, general, and professional libraries, all levels." (C. A. Klevickis, Choice, Vol. 46 (7), March, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402086106
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Francesca Molfino Molfino, Francesca Flavia Zucco Zucco, Flavia 1

Pt. I Women Scientists in Biotechnological Research

1 Heading Blithely Down the Garden Path? Some Entry Points into Current Debates on Women and Biotechnologies Wendy Harcourt Harcourt, Wendy 35

2 Seeking a Seat at the Policy Table: Engaging Women in Biotechnology Research and in Decision-Making Nancy Hawkins Hawkins, Nancy Elettra Ronchi Ronchi, Elettra 71

3 Perception and Attitudes Towards Biotechnology in Hungary Judit Acsady Acsady, Judit Zoluin Ferencz Ferencz, Zoluin 93

4 Contribution of Bulgarian Women to Plant Biotechnology: Institute of Genetics Case Georgina Kosturkova Kosturkova, Georgina 107

Pt. II Bodies, Cultures and Scientific Metaphors

5 Embryo Transfer: A View from the United Kingdom Sarah Franklin Franklin, Sarah 121

6 Dividual Systems & Ultraneoteny Elena Gagliasso Luoni Luoni, Elena Gagliasso 143

7 'Pop.Genes': The Symbolic Effects of the Release of 'Genes' into Ordinary Speech Barbara Duden Duden, Barbara Silja Samerski Samerski, Silja 161

8 The Organizational Construction of the Body in Assisted Reproductive Technologies Manuela Perrotta Perrotta, Manuela 171

9 What's in a Name? The Importance of Nomenclature in Biotechnology Katherine Harrison Harrison, Katherine 183

10 Egg Donation in the UK: Tracing Emergent Networks of Feminist Engagement in Relation to HFEA Policy Shifts in 2006 Alexandra Plows Plows, Alexandra 199

Pt. III Environmental Effects of Biotechnology

11 Seeking the New Biotechnological Fix? Public Health Genetics and Environmental Justice Policy in the United States Giovanna Di Chiro Di Chiro, Giovanna 219

12 TechnologicalChallenges: Asbestos Past Experiences, Nanoparticles Futur Developments Qamar Rahman Rahman, Qamar 237

13 Affective Implications of GM Food on Social and Individual Integrity: An Ethical Approach Susanne Uusitalo Uusitalo, Susanne 257

14 Women's Perceptions of Biotechnologies: The Case of Genetically Modified Foods in Switzerland Fabienne Crettaz von Roten von Roten, Fabienne Crettaz Elvita Alvarez Alvarez, Elvita 263

15 A Transdisciplinary Approach to Face the Plant Gene Transfer Technique: From Laboratory to Society Lucia Martinelli Martinelli, Lucia Floriana Marin Marin, Floriana 277

Pt. IV Facing Impact: Society and Biotechnology

16 Gender and Justice in the Gene Age: The Challenges Presented by Reproductive and Genetic Biotechnologies Marsha J. Tyson Darling Darling, Marsha J. Tyson 287

17 Health Risks and Benefits from Biotechnology Amalia Bosia Bosia, Amalia 303

18 Biodiversity of Romania Stressed by Transgenic Cultures? Katalin Bartok Bartok, Katalin 315

19 The Social and Economic Impact of GM Crops: The Case of the Herbicide Tolerance Trail Suman Sahai Sahai, Suman 331


Making Our Own Paths, Setting Our Own Agendas and Putting Them into Action Gillian Youngs Youngs, Gillian 341

Some Remarks on Women and Science Heidi Diggelmann Diggelmann, Heidi 345

Index 349

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