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
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.
|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|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|