Biobanks are crucial institutions in the infrastructure of contemporary life sciences. They depend on the participation of donors who give tissues and data. Through their participation, donors can build identities and form biosociality. Biobanks are key sites in the current bioeconomy, that enable the generation of value from those tissues and bioinformation, transformed into assets or commodities. We define biobanks as hybrid zones of heterogeneous practices that blur the boundaries between institutional sectors and ways of producing economic values. On that basis we introduce a novel empirical, realist approach to the analysis of biobanking economies, explaining the different economic and social biovalues that emerge from the practices of valuing and interacting between the researchers, biobank staff and donor participants in specific banking activities. We discuss why STS studies on biobanking should explore the concrete practices through which multiple biovalues as well as biosocialities are produced simultaneously and in configurations of mutual interdependence.

Assets, Commodities and Biosocialities. Multiple Biovalues in Hybrid Biobanking Practices / Beltrame, Lorenzo; Hauskeller, Christine. - In: TECNOSCIENZA. - ISSN 2038-3460. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:2(2018), pp. 5-31.

Assets, Commodities and Biosocialities. Multiple Biovalues in Hybrid Biobanking Practices

Lorenzo Beltrame;
2018

Abstract

Biobanks are crucial institutions in the infrastructure of contemporary life sciences. They depend on the participation of donors who give tissues and data. Through their participation, donors can build identities and form biosociality. Biobanks are key sites in the current bioeconomy, that enable the generation of value from those tissues and bioinformation, transformed into assets or commodities. We define biobanks as hybrid zones of heterogeneous practices that blur the boundaries between institutional sectors and ways of producing economic values. On that basis we introduce a novel empirical, realist approach to the analysis of biobanking economies, explaining the different economic and social biovalues that emerge from the practices of valuing and interacting between the researchers, biobank staff and donor participants in specific banking activities. We discuss why STS studies on biobanking should explore the concrete practices through which multiple biovalues as well as biosocialities are produced simultaneously and in configurations of mutual interdependence.
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Beltrame, Lorenzo; Hauskeller, Christine
Assets, Commodities and Biosocialities. Multiple Biovalues in Hybrid Biobanking Practices / Beltrame, Lorenzo; Hauskeller, Christine. - In: TECNOSCIENZA. - ISSN 2038-3460. - ELETTRONICO. - 9:2(2018), pp. 5-31.
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