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Reframing Rights: Bioconstitutionalism in the Genetic Age

Sheila Jasanoff


Legal texts have been with us since the dawn of human history. Beginning in 1953, life too became textual. The discovery of the structure of DNA made it possible to represent the basic matter of life with permutations and combinations of four letters of the alphabet, A, T, C, and G. Since then, the biological and legal conceptions of life have been in constant, mutually constitutive interplay—the former focusing on life’s definition, the latter on life’s entitlements. This book argues that this period of transformative change in law and the life sciences should be considered “bioconstitutional ... More

Keywords: legal texts, structure of DNA, biotechnology, cloning, xenotransplant policies, stem cell research, DNA profiling, DNA databases, criminal law, clinical trials

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262015950
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015950.001.0001


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Sheila Jasanoff, editor

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