Issue 22.3, August 2007

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Essay Excerpt

There are fundamental tensions between blood as moral nonissue and blood as ethical and political dilemma, blood as individual gift and blood as abstraction for research ends, and blood as contribution for community benefit and blood as intellectual property. And yet, there is also a discernible consonance between Indian views and HapMap goals on the uses of blood for the promised outcomes of genetic research. Here are shared ideas of “good science” and shared valuations of the promises of genomics, both of which become evident precisely as a result of the interaction of the divergent ideas, histories, frustrations, adaptations, and wishes that constitute the frames of this research. As a result, blood becomes less, rather than more, controversial as it moves from veins to vials and from one framework to others.  

REDDY, “Good Gifts for the Common Good”