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Race, Gender, and Biology

Welcoming philosophical discussions of biological research on race and gender differences, with a focus on controversial claims circulating in the popular press.  Post papers and events, discuss new scientific research, and share resources.

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George Yancy

Started by Christina Rawls Dec 19, 2011. 0 Replies

Hello friends. I am biased, Dr. Yancy is a mentor, but his work and his edited volumes which include the great work being done in these areas by so many others is worth knowing about, reading, and…Continue

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Comment by Roberto Domingo Toledo on August 31, 2012 at 5:39pm

In case anyone would like to participate!!! :

Funded Pre-Conference Panel Opportunity at 4S/EASST
(Theme has been pre-approved by the coordinators)

Who: students and early career scholars
When: 16 October 2012 (brief topic proposal due September 7th)
Where: Copenhagen Business School
What: A Call for brief topic proposals for a pre-conference panel on
innovative research:

    - relating to environmental, social, and cultural justice

    - theoretically informed by STS, Cultural/Postcolonial Studies,

and Indigenous
      Knowledge  studies
    - providing a solution to a problem

Contact: Roberto Toledo (ABD, Philosophy, Stonybrook),
Funding Available: Yes
Co-ordinated by Microsoft Research and Goldsmiths, University of London

Comment by Ann Ferguson on January 23, 2011 at 3:35pm
I am just reading the interesting book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about the development of the HeLa cancer cells without the knowledge and consent of the African American family involved.  It seems to me a classic case of questionable scientific ethics, but it also raises the larger question of why scientific researchers should be able to patent genetic material for profit.  The first developer of the HeLa cells did not patent them or receive any money for them, but gave them away for free to interested researchers because patenting cells wasnt allowed then, but in the 1970s the practice changed and now there are all sorts of moral issues about consent and profit for researchers of life materials.  Is there any way to get a movement going to challenge this form of patenting?  Make such research more like Free or Open Source computer programs?

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