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Global Perspectives on Stem Cell Technologies

  • Aditya Bharadwaj

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Regenerating Ethics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Sarah Franklin
      Pages 27-49
    3. Marcie Middlebrooks, Hazuki Shimono
      Pages 85-114
  3. Therapeutic Horizons

  4. Patient Positions

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 215-243

About this book


This book takes as its point of departure a humble cell lying on the intersection of ideas as diverse and yet interlaced as life, knowledge, commerce, governance, and ethics. It seeks to deepen the understanding of stem cell entities and the concerns, hopes, and aspirations that shape and make them viable therapeutic entities in the context of rapid globalization. Several key intersections between individual, group, and institutional relationships have become central to locating and debating the production of stem cells today. 

This edited collection addresses three overarching concerns: regenerating the notion of ethics, the emerging therapeutic horizons, and the position of the patient. As a whole this book seeks to explain how stem cells are accommodated, contested, and used in contemporary India and around the globe through an informed unpacking of issues underpinning contestation and promotion bestriding these technological developments. 

The authors offer a truly multi-disciplinary perspective, stimulating conversation between the social sciences, biological sciences and the patient. The concerns expressed and highlighted by these conversations are embedded in a vast geo-political expanse stretching from India to Euro-America and will be of great interest to academics and practitioners across fields including science technology studies, medicine and international development.


Science and Technology Studies Medical Sociology Bio-Ethics Future studies India Germany Japan South Korea Stem Cell Technology Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells regenerative medicine Hwang Woo-suk Haruko Obokata embryonic stem cells (hESCs) pre-blastomeric embryonic stem cell therapy in India

Editors and affiliations

  • Aditya Bharadwaj
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anthropology and SociologyGraduate Institute of International and Development StudiesGenevaSwitzerland

About the editors

Aditya Bharadwaj is professor of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. In 2013 he was awarded a European Research Council Consolidator Grant to examine the burgeoning rise of stem cell biotechnologies in India. He has published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, and has authored several books.

Bibliographic information


“Stem cells circulate the globe today in settings where patient desperation confronts regulatory confusion and commercial expectation bumps up against ethical ambiguity. In Bharadwaj's fearless editorial hands, the intersection of these forces, centering on novel Indian therapies, comes alive through voices ranging from academic and reflective to passionate and deeply personal. The book may haunt, destabilize or challenge. It will not bore.” (Sheila Jasnoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, USA)