Stem cell therapy, Commoditization & 'Placenta Stew'

Doug Henwood dhenwood at panix.com
Thu Oct 10 09:39:14 MDT 1996


At 9:12 PM 10/9/96, Louis R Godena wrote:

>The depersonalization of medical scientific research continues apace.

Well, yes, on the one hand this is true, as is everything you said about
commodification of life and human individuality. On the other hand, can one
do science without at least some of this? Isn't this one of the classic
contradictions of capitalist culture - that besides its alienating social
effects, the objectification and de-individualization has also led to
admirable scientific progress? We don't want to sound like Jeremy Rifkin
now, do we?

Doug

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