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Stem Cells of America

Boundary Objects and Points of passage

Författare och institution:
Morten Sager (Institutionen för idéhistoria och vetenskapsteori, vetenskapsteori)
Publicerad i:
Public Proofs: Science, Technology and Democracy, s. 130-131
Konferensbidrag, övrigt
Sammanfattning (abstract):
As the human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) were introduced (in 1998) the network dynamics in the US displayed two salient features: the agreement and disagreement between groups of actors. The role of the cells can be understood as a boundary object coordinating a variety of actors. The biological term 'pluripotency', and its laboratory stabilization, function as a general feature transformable into actors' specific needs in local sites. There are similarities, but also differences, between the US situation 1998-9 and the one in Star and Griesemer's study (of Berkeley's Museum of Vertebrate Zoology). An important divergence is the significance of boundary work in the stem cell case. Attempts to exclude and include are aspects that need more traditional actor-network concepts. Actors' strategies to enable federally funded stem cells - instead of merely privately funded - utilize what Latour, Callon and Law have called obligatory points of passage. One group of hESC representations reflects the status of cells as boundary objects, while establishing their institutionalization through an obligatory point of passage. Another group of representations opposes the latter project and conveys alternative points of passage in different configurations. Scientific results, ethical arguments, and policy decisions are, and can be understood as, parts of this socio-technical management of passage points.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Filosofi, etik och religion ->
Filosofi ->
embryonala stamceller, pluripotens, boundary objects, obligatory points of passage
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2010-03-30 10:26

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