stratification practices have long been used as a means to produce and make
sense of cancer, distinguishing ‘types’,
tumour development stages, and even patients’ sociodemographic profiles.
However, interest in stratification; that is, the process of dividing oncology
populations into clinically meaningful subtypes, has been re-invigorated by two
recent developments in medicine and healthcare. First, an increased awareness
health experts, and anthropologists
(among others) have pointed to a prevalence of gender, class, race, age,
and ethnic bias in biomedical research and the specific ways in which
knowledges about bodies are created and reproduced in biomedicine.
In the 19th century, when the long-standing
idea of women’s inferiority was brought into question more …
In late November, He Jiankui, a scientist in China, announced that he had created the first “CRISPR babies,” meaning that he performed germ-line genome edits on human embryos, which were implanted through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and has now resulted the birth of twin girls. He used CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing technology that can target DNA at precise …
The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice, and Knowledge after the Genome
University of Chicago Press, 2017, 304 pages.
Genetics: A Situated View
How enduring is the love affair between our societies and genetics (today genomics)? And what is the role of critical social science in undermining or, rather, mirroring the power of this romance? And what do we …
Through my work in African laboratories I am regularly made aware of the challenging equipment shortages faced by research laboratories in many low/middle-income countries (LMICs). This extends far beyond the absence of “state-of-the-art” equipment and shiny, new models regularly produced by commercial companies. These shortages include the availability of what would normally be considered ubiquitous laboratory equipment – PCR machines, …
As I’m sure many of you saw, this month started with the successful launch of SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy, giving a boost (sorry) to privatized space travel, and providing us all with a few days of very strange photos. On that note, here is a Web Roundup about flight, flying objects, and clouds of all kinds.
Staying with the …