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The social legitimation of biomedical Technologies in Russia: communication challenges for science and society

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  • Valentina Poliakova

    () (Institute of Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics)

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Throughout history the development of medical institution was followed by the extension of medical expertise boundaries. Progress in new medical biotechnologies and the manipulation of human biological material, in particular, raise the conceptual question of how to define the boundaries between human beings and biological material. This paper focuses on the analysis of attitudes towards research on the human body, in scientific, political and cultural discourse. In public discussions about stem cell technology we found that the extension of medical expertise boundaries caused an intervention of ethical expertise in the fields of science and medicine. Nevertheless, the cultural conflict does not become an obstacle to the recognition of stem cell research and its legitimation in the collective consciousness.

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  • Valentina Poliakova, 2013. "The social legitimation of biomedical Technologies in Russia: communication challenges for science and society," HSE Working papers WP BRP 21/STI/2013, National Research University Higher School of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hig:wpaper:21sti2013
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    Keywords

    stem cells; bioethics; public opinion; bans on scientific research; discourse.;

    JEL classification:

    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General
    • I11 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Analysis of Health Care Markets
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • O33 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
    • O38 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Government Policy

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