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Life on Ice: A History of New Uses for Cold Blood

Joanna Radin


After the atomic bombing at the end of World War II, anxieties about survival in the nuclear age led scientists to begin stockpiling and freezing hundreds of thousands of blood samples from indigenous communities around the world. These samples were believed to embody potentially invaluable biological information about genetic ancestry, evolution, immunity, microbes, and much more. Today, they persist in freezers as part of a global tissue-based infrastructure. In Life on Ice, Joanna Radin examines how and why these frozen blood samples shaped the practice known as biobanking. The Cold War pro ... More

Keywords: cyropreservation, blood, biobanking, suspended animation, temporality, infrastructure, STS, human biology, indigeneity, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226417318
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226448244.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joanna Radin, author
Yale University

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