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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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Epilogue: Thawing Spirits

Epilogue: Thawing Spirits

(p.184) Epilogue: Thawing Spirits
Life on Ice

Joanna Radin

University of Chicago Press

Experimental systems that rely on human subjects, or parts of their bodies, can produce remarkable and unexpected insights. Those systems can also be confounded or halted by unanticipated ethical dilemmas. These dilemmas may be experienced as a disruption or even an impediment to the production of technical knowledge. However, they do not exist out side of or beyond science. They are not ancillary to it and they should not be treated as such. In any effort to redirect life in time, frictions are inevitable and there is always latent potential that may surprise or disrupt the routines of research. These moments are opportunities to make different and perhaps even better kinds of knowledge. This conclusion highlights the need to reconcile the social and moral needs of communities with those of science.

Keywords:   research ethics, research regulation, indigenous knowledge

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