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Blood ties: banking the stem cell promise

Brown, N. and Kraft, A. (2006) Blood ties: banking the stem cell promise. Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, 18 (3-4). pp. 313-327. ISSN 0953-7325

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Abstract

This paper explores the banking of cord blood stem cells by new parents, a growing phenomenon that raises a number of questions for scholars interested in the role of expectations in innovation. In particular, we focus on the relationships between imagination and materiality, the way in which today's expectations of a future stem cell revolution have become embodied (materialised) in an ever-growing number of deposited cord blood samples. In addition, the case raises interesting questions about agency and authorship in the construction of the stem cell dream and the production of new 'blood ties'—new future-oriented parental duties and responsibilities. Here, parents are encouraged to think themselves into a future in which their newborns are 'at risk', but also a future populated by an innovative range of regenerative medical treatments.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Sociology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2009 16:49
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2009 16:49
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09537320600777044
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Identification Number: 10.1080/09537320600777044
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7587

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