Body Shopping The Economy Fuelled by Flesh and Blood

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-06-01
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications

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Body Shopping offers an unflinching examination of the new economy that has sprung up to take advantage of your body. Our tissues, genes, and organs are becoming, in the words of the head of one pharmaceutical company, ‘the currency of the future’. From the trafficking of women for their eggs to ‘beauty junkies’, Donna Dickenson reveals the myriad and often ingenious ways that body parts are converted into profits. Drawing on over 20 years of insider knowledge, Dickenson examines the evolving legal position, the historical long view, and the latest biomedical research to provide an unprecedented, sweeping approach that goes beyond the horror stories to suggest a range of new strategies to bring the global biotechnology industry to heel. Despite what the media – or even your doctor – might say, the current biotechnological gold rush is not inevitable and can be resisted. This gripping, powerful book is essential reading for anyone concerned with the ownership and the commercial use (and abuse) of our bodies and those of our loved ones. The fight isn’t over yet. Indeed, it’s hardly begun. Donna Dickenson is Professor Emerita of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London and recipient of the 2006 International Spinoza Lens award.

Author Biography

Donna Dickenson is Emeritus Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at the University of London.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Body shopping at both ends of life: babies and bones for salep. 1
'A global market in baby-making'p. 1
Exploitation, justice and freedom of choicep. 6
The unlovely bonesp. 14
What makes you think you own your body?p. 22
The case of John Moorep. 23
How much work does it take to make a spleen?p. 28
Donors or dupes?p. 33
'With love at Christmas-a set of stem cells'p. 43
'Totally safe and harmless'?p. 46
Benefits or risks for the baby?p. 50
Waste not, want notp. 54
Whose blood is it anyway?p. 57
Cord blood, the cure-all?p. 60
Stem cells, Holy Grails and eggs on treesp. 63
A piece of Science fictionp. 63
Stem cell research: hype and realityp. 70
A risky endeavour and a fait accomplip. 77
To pay or not to pay: is that the question?p. 84
Genomes up for grabs: or, could Dr Frankenstein have patented his monster?p. 90
Can you take out a patent on life?p. 92
Invention or discovery? The case of Diamond v. Chakrabartyp. 96
Where do we go from here?p. 101
Resistance is not futile: the case of Tongap. 104
The French disconnectionp. 108
The biobank that likes to say 'no'p. 115
Possession is ten-tenths of the law: the Catalona casep. 117
Two steps back or one step forward?p. 124
Catalona revisited: the appeal court judgmentp. 127
Buying the 'real me': shopping for a facep. 132
'Venus envy'p. 134
'It may be someone else's face, but when I look in the mirror I see me'p. 137
The face: just another part of the body?p. 141
A cautionary tale: the aftermath of the first human hand transplantp. 144
The 'real me': what money can't buyp. 149
My body, my capital?p. 151
Organs for sale, one careful (and unwilling) ownerp. 153
The tragedy of the genetic commonsp. 156
Why we all have female bodies nowp. 163
Endnotesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 196
Indexp. 217
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