The Use of Analogical Reasoning in Umbilical Cord Blood Biobanking

  • Bjørn Hofmann
  • Jan Helge Solbakk
  • Søren Holm


In this chapter we investigate the roles that analogies play in the processes of understanding andmanaging umbilical cord blood biobanking. The objective is to unveil analogies’ role as analytical devices in exploring the “being” of the new technology as well as their normative function in conceptualizing its characteristics and how it should be applied.We demonstrate how analogies have both explorative and argumentative functions, and how none of the analogies alone are able to address all the challenges raised by cord blood biobanking.


Cord Blood Umbilical Cord Blood Commercial Banking Analogical Reasoning Placental Blood 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bjørn Hofmann
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jan Helge Solbakk
  • Søren Holm
  1. 1.Section for Radiography and Health Technology, Department of Health, Care and NursingUniversity College of GjøvikGjøvikNorway
  2. 2.Section for Medical Ethics, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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