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By Kaushik Sunder Rajan

ISBN-10: 0822337088

ISBN-13: 9780822337089

ISBN-10: 0822337207

ISBN-13: 9780822337201

Biocapital is a big theoretical contribution to technological know-how reviews and political economic climate. Grounding his research in a multi-sited ethnography of genomic learn and drug improvement marketplaces within the usa and India, Kaushik Sunder Rajan argues that modern biotechnologies resembling genomics can purely be understood in terms of the commercial markets in which they emerge. Sunder Rajan performed fieldwork in biotechnology labs and in small start-up businesses within the usa (mostly within the San Francisco Bay zone) and India (mainly in New Delhi, Hyderabad, and Bombay) over a five-year interval spanning 1999 to 2004. He attracts on his learn with scientists, marketers, enterprise capitalists, and policymakers to check drug improvement within the nations, studying the practices and objectives of study, the financing mechanisms, the correct executive laws, and the hype and advertising surrounding promising new applied sciences. within the procedure, he illuminates the worldwide move of principles, info, capital, and folks attached to biotech initiatives.

Sunder Rajan’s ethnography informs his theoretically subtle inquiry into how the modern global is formed by way of the wedding of biotechnology and marketplace forces, by way of what he calls technoscientific capitalism. Bringing Marxian theories of price into dialog with Foucaultian notions of biopolitics, he strains how the lifestyles sciences got here to be major manufacturers of either monetary and epistemic worth within the overdue 20th century and early twenty-first.

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