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Biotechnology Across the Borders of Life

Kate Cregan.

This paper introduces the debates and policy surrounding embryonic stem cell technology and two intimately connected medical technologies - reproductive technologies, in which it is founded, and organ transplantation, which it seeks to overcome. Each of these technologies repeatedly confronts and tests social, cultural, ethical and legal precedents, fuelling world-wide political and media debate. The paper briefly addresses the social effects - locally and globally - of these technologies. This paper is the first work of a three-year project in which the social ramifications of the practices and expert discourses of these biotechnologies will be elucidated using four nation-states as examples: Australia, Singapore, UK and USA


Kate Cregan  (Australia)
Research Fellow
Globalism Institute
RMIT University

Kate Cregan is an ARC Research Fellow in the Globalism Institute,
RMIT University.

  • Biotechnology
  • Social effects

(30 min Conference Paper, English)