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Body shopping : the economy fuelled by flesh and blood

Author: Donna Dickenson
Publisher: Oxford : Oneworld, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
From the Publisher: "In Body Shopping, award-winning writer Donna Dickenson makes a case against the new-found rights of businesses to harvest body parts and gain exclusive profit from the resulting products and processes. To illustrate her case, she presents a series of compelling stories of individuals injured or abused by the increasingly rapacious biotechnology industry." Body Shopping offers a fresh,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Donna Dickenson
ISBN: 9781851685912 185168591X
OCLC Number: 183258374
Description: xiv, 226 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Body shopping at both ends of life: babies and bones for sale --
A global market in baby-making --
Exploitation, justice and freedom of choice --
The unlovely bones --
2. What makes you think you own your body? --
The case of John Moore --
How much work does it take to make a spleen? --
Donors or dupes? --
3. With love at Christmas: a set of stem cells --
Totally safe and harmless?--
Benefits or risks for the baby? --
Waste not, want not --
Whose blood is it anyway? --
Cord blood, the cure-all? --
4. Stem cells, holy grails and eggs on trees --
A piece of Science fiction --
Stem cell research: hype and reality --
A risky endeavour and A fait accompli --
To pay or not to pay: is that the question? 5. Genomes up for grabs: or, could Dr. Frankenstein have patented his monster? --
Can you take out a patent on life? --
Invention or discovery? The case of Diamond v. Chakrabarty --
Where do we go from here? --
Resistance is not futile: the case of Tonga --
The French disconnection --
6. The biobank that likes to say 'no' --
Possession is ten-tenths of the law: the Catalona case --
Two steps back or one step forward? --
Catalona revisited: the appeal court judgment --
7. Buying the 'real me': shopping for a face --
Venus envy --
It may be someone else's face, but when I look in the mirror I see me --
The face: just another part of the body? --
A cautionary tale: the aftermath of the first human hand transplant --
The 'real me': what money can't buy --
8. My body, my capital? --
Organs for sale, one careful (and unwilling) owner --
The tragedy of the genetic commons --
Why we all have female bodies now.
Responsibility: Donna Dickenson.


Advances in technology are turning our tissues, genes, and organs into 'the currency of the future'. This book reveals the ingenious ways in which body parts are converted into commodities. It  Read more...


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"The body as cash cow, an expos * Publishing News * 'Body Shopping' contains salutary lessons in medical ethics, and demonstrates the frightening speed with which the formerly grotesque can become Read more...

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