Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense: Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research

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Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense : Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research. / Wiszmeg, Andréa.

Lund : Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, 2019. 210 s.

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Wiszmeg, A. (2019). Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense: Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research. Lund: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University.

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Wiszmeg A. 2019. Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense: Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research. Lund: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University. 210 s.

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Wiszmeg A. Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense: Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research. Lund: Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, 2019. 210 s. (Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences).

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Wiszmeg, Andréa. / Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense : Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research. Lund : Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, 2019. 210 s.

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TY - THES

T1 - Cells in Culture, Cells in Suspense

T2 - Practices of Cultural Production in Foetal Cell Research

AU - Wiszmeg, Andréa

N1 - Defence details Date: 2019-02-15 Time: 10:15 Place: C126, LUX, Helgonavägen 3, Lund External reviewer(s) Name: Brown, Nik Title: professor Affiliation: University of York, England ---

PY - 2019/1/18

Y1 - 2019/1/18

N2 - Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative affliction to which researchers have long striven to find a cure. The human embryo is a source of vital cells used in regenerative medicine, as well as a powerful symbol of life. Using foetal cells from aborted embryos for transplantation to the brains of Parkinson patients is an avenue that has been explored by neuroscientists on and off for the last thirty years. This ethnological compilation thesis follows a national branch of a foetal cell transplantation trial through successes as well as challenges in processing foetal material into an effective, transplantable cell suspension. The cell suspension is conceptualized as a bio-object, and explored as something that produces new knowledge, emotions and logistical and ethical negotiations. These products are beyond the scope of trial and biomedical research in general, but they do nonetheless interact with and affect society at large.New biomedical inventions and forms of therapies transgress the limits of life and death and the boundaries of individuals, as well as between species. Such cultural reordering challenges researchers, health care professionals as well patients on a daily basis. Exploring the intersection between instruction and practice, nature and culture as well as between science and ritual, this thesis contributes to a broader understanding of cultural and material conditions of knowledge production. It also offers a methodological elaboration of how a diffractive approach may be fruitful in ethnographic research, when trying to reconcile epistemological differences in cross-disciplinary endeavours.

AB - Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative affliction to which researchers have long striven to find a cure. The human embryo is a source of vital cells used in regenerative medicine, as well as a powerful symbol of life. Using foetal cells from aborted embryos for transplantation to the brains of Parkinson patients is an avenue that has been explored by neuroscientists on and off for the last thirty years. This ethnological compilation thesis follows a national branch of a foetal cell transplantation trial through successes as well as challenges in processing foetal material into an effective, transplantable cell suspension. The cell suspension is conceptualized as a bio-object, and explored as something that produces new knowledge, emotions and logistical and ethical negotiations. These products are beyond the scope of trial and biomedical research in general, but they do nonetheless interact with and affect society at large.New biomedical inventions and forms of therapies transgress the limits of life and death and the boundaries of individuals, as well as between species. Such cultural reordering challenges researchers, health care professionals as well patients on a daily basis. Exploring the intersection between instruction and practice, nature and culture as well as between science and ritual, this thesis contributes to a broader understanding of cultural and material conditions of knowledge production. It also offers a methodological elaboration of how a diffractive approach may be fruitful in ethnographic research, when trying to reconcile epistemological differences in cross-disciplinary endeavours.

KW - Parkinson's disease

KW - Foetal cells

KW - Praxis

KW - Evidence Based Practice

KW - Ethnology

KW - Ethnography

KW - Science studies

KW - Diffraction

KW - knowledge production

KW - Ethical issues

KW - ethics in practice

KW - ethnology

KW - ethnography

KW - science studies

KW - foetal cells

KW - parkinson's disease

KW - praxis

KW - knowledge production

KW - ethics in practice

KW - evidence based medicine

KW - diffraction

KW - cell transplantation

KW - cross-disciplinarity

KW - epistemology

M3 - Doctoral Thesis (compilation)

SN - 978-91-983690-8-3

T3 - Lund Studies in Arts and Cultural Sciences

PB - Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University

CY - Lund

ER -