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Profitable exchanges for scientists: The case of Swedish human embryonic stem cell research
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change.
GRI Göteborgs universitet.
Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Health and Society.
2007 (English)In: Health Care Analysis, ISSN 1065-3058, Vol. 15, no 4, 291-304 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article two inter-related issues concerning the ongoing commercialisation of biomedical research are analyzed. One aim is to explain how scientists and clinicians at Swedish public institutions can make profits, both commercially and scientifically, by controlling rare human biological material, like embryos and embryonic stem cell lines. This control in no way presupposes legal ownership or other property rights as an initial condition. We show how ethically sensitive material (embryos and stem cell lines) have been used in Sweden as a foundation for a commercial stem cell enterprise-despite all official Swedish strictures against commercialisation in this area. We also show how political decisions may amplify the value of controlling this kind of biological material. Another aim of the article is to analyze and discuss the meaning of this kind of academic commercial enterprise in a wider context of research funding strategies. A conclusion that is drawn is that the academic turn to commercial funding sources is dependent on the decline of public funding. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.

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2007. Vol. 15, no 4, 291-304 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45181DOI: 10.1007/s10728-007-0057-5Local ID: 80052OAI: diva2:266043
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2011-01-11

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