Stem cell lacunae: Sarah Franklin: Biological relatives: IVF, stem cells, and the future of kinship. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2013, 376pp, $26.95, £17.99 PB Charis Thompson: Good science: The ethical choreography of stem cell research. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2013, 360pp, $36.00, £24.95 HB

Metascience 24 (1):147-153 (2014)
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Sarah Franklin’s Biological relatives: IVF, stem cells, and the future of kinship and Charis Thompson’s Good science: the ethical choreography of stem cell research, examine recently normalized biotechnologies. Franklin’s monograph extends her previous work on in vitro fertilization , deconstructing the success of a technology that, she argues, has grown “curiouser and curiouser” while taking hold in scientific and social life. IVF in its diverse aspects becomes a lens for scrutinizing our ambivalence about new technology, which Franklin articulates by putting disparate literatures into conversation: feminist science studies, political economy, fine art, and more. Thompson’s Good science focuses more concretely on the first decade of human pluripotent stem cell research, tracing the field from the innovation of cultured human embryonic stem cells through Bush-era policy debates, to current acceptance of stem cell research as a part of the scientific and policy landscape. Th ..

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