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Title Reframing rights : bioconstitutionalism in the genetic age / edited by Sheila Jasanoff.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2011.
©2011

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Description 1 online resource (x, 310 pages)
Series Basic bioethics
Basic bioethics.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Available only to authorized UTEP users.
Print version record.
Subject Genetics.
Bioethics.
Human genetics -- Social aspects.
Genetic engineering -- Political aspects.
Genre Electronic books.
Contents Introduction: rewriting life, reframing rights / Sheila Jasanoff -- States of eugenics: institutions and practices of compulsory sterilization in California / Alex Wellerstein -- Making the facts of life / Sheila Jasanoff -- More than just a nucleus: cloning and the alignment of scientific and political rationalities / Giuseppe Testa -- Between church and state: stem cells, embryos, and citizens in Italian politics / Ingrid Metzler -- Certainty vs. finality: constitutional rights to postconviction DNA testing / Jay D. Aronson -- Judicial imaginaries of technology: constitutional law and the forensic DNA databases / David E. Winickoff -- Risks and rights in xenotransplantation / Mariachiara Tallacchini -- Two tales of genomics: capital, epistemology, and global constitutions of the biomedical subject / Kaushik Sunder Rajan -- Human population genomics and the dilemma of difference / Jenny Reardon -- Despotism and democracy in the United Kingdom: experiments in reframing citizenship / Robert Doubleday and Brian Wynne -- Representing Europe with the precautionary principle / Jim Dratwa.
Summary Legal texts have been with us since the dawn of human history. Beginning in 1953, life too became textual. The discovery of the structure of DNA made it possible to represent the basic matter of life with permutations and combinations of four letters of the alphabet, A, T, C, and G. Since then, the biological and legal conceptions of life have been in constant, mutually constitutive interplay -- the former focusing on life's definition, the latter on life's entitlements. Reframing Rights argues that this period of transformative change in law and the life sciences should be considered "bioconstitutional." Reframing Rights explores the evolving relationship of biology, biotechnology, and law through a series of national and cross-national case studies. Sheila Jasanoff maps out the conceptual territory in a substantive editorial introduction, after which the contributors offer "snapshots" of developments at the frontiers of biotechnology and the law. Chapters examine such topics as national cloning and xenotransplant policies; the politics of stem cell research in Britain, Germany, and Italy; DNA profiling and DNA databases in criminal law; clinical trials in India and the United States; the GM crop controversy in Britain; and precautionary policymaking in the European Union. These cases demonstrate changes of constitutional significance in the relations among human bodies, selves, science, and the state.
Other Author Jasanoff, Sheila, editor.
Other Title Print version: Reframing rights. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©2011 9780262015950