Charis Thompson

Charis Thompson
University of California, Berkeley | UCB · Computing Data Science and Society

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July 2003 - June 2013
University of California, Berkeley
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Gene-edited babies who might be born in the future should be monitored over the course of their life. These patients’ physical, mental, and social health monitoring should be coordinated by clinicians in ways that anonymize patients’ data for privacy protection but also allow for national and international aggregate evaluations. Transnational monit...
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The USA has played, and continues to play, a distinctive and significant part in the history of IVF and assisted reproductive technology worldwide. American IVF emerged in the scientific context of contraceptive and fertility research, in the social context of a wealthy nation without universal healthcare, and in the political context of the aborti...
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Currently, a new revolutionary genome-editing tool is opening new avenues for gene engineering. It is known as the clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats (CRISPR)11 and the CRISPR-associated (Cas) 9 system. In general, the CRISPR-Cas system has been evolved in archaea and bacteria as part of their adaptive immune mechanisms. Mec...
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This is the official commissioned text (12 of the presentations were commissioned as papers for this collection) of my invited presentation at the International Summit on Human Gene Editing in December 2015
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Researchers and ethicists need to see past what can seem to be gendered debates when it comes to the governance of biotechnology, says Charis Thompson.
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The development of a wide array of molecular and neuroscientific biomarkers can provide the possibility to visualize the course of Alzheimer's disease (AD) at early stages. Many of these biomarkers are aimed at detecting not only a preclinical, but also a pre-symptomatic state. They are supposed to facilitate clinical trials aiming at treatments th...
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Three times a woman: voting, egg donation, cosmetics, and the punctuated gendering of stem cell innovation in California This paper explores a punctuated gendering of biomedical innovation in the California stem cell initiative. I argue that gendered and raced and classed citizenship, biological bodies, and consumption were all called upon to enabl...
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In this article trends in the design of iconic elite life science buildings is discussed. Four main elite life science buildings of the new century are considered. The buildings reflect things going on in and around elite contemporary life science today, including changing ideas about the relation between the public and science, and about the relat...
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After a decade and a half, human pluripotent stem cell research has been normalized. There may be no consensus on the status of the embryo—only a tacit agreement to disagree—but the debate now takes place in a context in which human stem cell research and related technologies already exist. In this book, Charis Thompson investigates the evolution o...
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Während lange Zeit Fragen zu Ethik, Recht und Politik im Zentrum der Debatten um Biotechnologien standen, rücken nun auch ökonomische Dimensionen immer stärker in den Blick. Dieser Band macht die Leser_innen nicht nur mit der international geführten Diskussion vertraut - die Beiträge fragen zudem aus unterschiedlichen Perspektiven, welche Formen da...
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In this paper, I describe an experiment where incoming students to UC Berkeley were asked to send in buccal swabs to campus before arriving, so that the freshman class could have their DNA tested and their results for various traits aggregated. The program proved highly controversial: there was insufficient privacy protection for students, the corr...
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The prominent scholars featured in Gendered Innovations in Science and Engineering explore how gender analysis can profoundly enhance human knowledge in the areas of science, medicine, and engineering. Where possible, they provide concrete examples of how taking gender into account has yielded new research results and sparked creativity, opening ne...
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When California's US$3 billion Stem Cell Research and Cures Act, Proposition 71, was approved by voters in November 2004, the crucial paragraph did not mention embryonic stem cells (ES cells): "There is hereby established a right to conduct stem cell research which includes research involving adult stem cells, cord blood stem cells, pluripotent st...
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In this perspective, I shall argue that women who donate eggs solely for human embryonic stem cell research ought to be compensated. My argument rests on three inter-related principles. First, it is important to recruit the healthiest possible egg donors to minimize the risks of donation. This would relieve pressure to donate on those suffering fro...
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Rereading Carolyn Merchant's The Death of Nature a quarter century after its publication and from the perspective of its contribution to feminist theory is a rewarding process. Merchant's book has garnered a sustained readership as a foundational text of ecofeminism. Simultaneously, however, ecofeminism itself has been sidelined within feminist the...
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Rereading Carolyn Merchant’s The Death of Nature a quarter century after its publication and from the perspective of its contribution to feminist theory is a rewarding process. Merchant’s book has garnered a sustained readership as a foundational text of ecofeminism. Simultaneously, however, ecofeminism itself has been sidelined within feminist the...
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Assisted reproductive technology (ART) makes babies and parents at once. Drawing on science and technology studies, feminist theory, and historical and ethnographic analyses of ART clinics, Charis Thompson explores the intertwining of biological reproduction with the personal, political, and technological meanings of reproduction. She analyzes the...
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Two initiatives in community-based biodiversity conservation are examined. I describe key aspects of the formation in the mid 1990s of the Malpai Borderlands Group of the Southwest US, and the reorganisation of the Kenya Wildlife Service during 1994-6 and their legacies since then. I review how history, ownership, membership, and valuation were app...
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analysis of a conflict over how elephants are managed in Amboseli national Park, Kenya. On one side are the scientists who have studied the elephants as complex social creatures with rights inherent in such status (anthropomorphism). They see elephants as scientific gold in terms of what they can offer knowledge, and they are therefore to be separa...
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In this article, the feminist and science and technology studies roots of situated epistemology are discussed. The idea of combining a commitment to a real world, albeit a constructivist one, with attention to practice and embodiment is assessed. The controversial conferral of agency on nonhuman objects is similarly explicated. Finally, uptake and...
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This paper is about the interaction between patients and medical technology, and uses ethnographic data drawn from fieldwork in infertility clinics to question the humanist argument that selves need to be protected from technological objectification to ensure agency and authenticity. It argues that objectification is only antithetical to personhood...

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