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Life on IceA History of New Uses for Cold Blood$
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Joanna Radin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226417318

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226448244.001.0001

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When Futures Arrive: Lives after Time

When Futures Arrive: Lives after Time

(p.153) Five When Futures Arrive: Lives after Time
Life on Ice

Joanna Radin

University of Chicago Press

In the contemporary frozen archive, blood has continued to fulfill its scientific potential as a biomedical research object even as it provokes a reassessment of the ethical and political dimensions of knowledge making involving human subjects. Since the 1990s, scientists have thawed long frozen blood for a variety of new uses, including research on evolution and ancestry. At the same time, members of some of the indigenous communities whose blood persists in biomedicine’s freezers have become concerned that these new uses may not serve their futures; rather, they may put those futures in jeopardy. As their blood becomes more and more potentially productive of biomedical futures and capital, some have come to see the freezer as an insecure environment from which the remains of their ancestors must be rescued.

Keywords:   freezer anthropology, genomics, reuse, maintenance, repatriation, ethics, cryopolitics

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