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The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

Myles W. Jackson


This book uses the story of the CCR5 gene to investigate the interrelationships among science, technology, and society. Mapping the varied ‘genealogy’ of CCR5- intellectual property, natural selection, Big and Small Pharma, human diversity studies, personalized medicine, ancestry studies, and race and genomics, this historical study links a myriad of diverse topics. The history of CCR5 from the 1990s to the present offers a vivid illustration of how intellectual property law has changed the conduct and content of scientific knowledge, and the social, political, and ethical implications of such ... More

Keywords: gene patents, race and genomics, Big Pharma, HIV/AIDS, science and society, CCR5 gene, personal genomics companies, personalized medicine/pharmacogenomics, Maraviroc, biocapitalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262028660
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028660.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Myles W. Jackson, author
New York University