Life On Ice: A History Of New Uses For Cold Blood by Joanna RadinLife On Ice: A History Of New Uses For Cold Blood by Joanna Radin

Life On Ice: A History Of New Uses For Cold Blood

byJoanna Radin

Hardcover | March 27, 2017

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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, 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 projects Radin tracks were meant to form an enduring total archive of indigenous blood before it was altered by the polluting forces of modernity. Freezing allowed that blood to act as a time-traveling resource. Radin explores the unique cultural and technical circumstances that created and gave momentum to the phenomenon of life on ice and shows how these preserved blood samples served as the building blocks for biomedicine at the dawn of the genomic age. In an era of vigorous ethical, legal, and cultural debates about genetic privacy and identity, Life on Ice reveals the larger picture—how we got here and the promises and problems involved with finding new uses for cold human blood samples.
Joanna Radin is assistant professor of the history of medicine at Yale University, where she also holds appointments in history and anthropology.  
Title:Life On Ice: A History Of New Uses For Cold BloodFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:March 27, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022641731X

ISBN - 13:9780226417318

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Table of Contents

Preface: Frozen Spirits
Introduction: Within Cold Blood

Part 1 The Technoscience of Life at Low Temperature
Chapter One: Latent Life in Biomedicine’s Ice Age

Part 2 Temporalities of Salvage
Chapter Two: “As Yet Unknown”: Life for the Future
Chapter Three: “Before It’s Too Late”: Life from the Past

Part 3 Collecting, Maintaining, Reusing, and Returning
Chapter Four: Managing the Cold Chain: Making Life Mobile
Chapter Five: When Futures Arrive: Lives after Time

Epilogue: Thawing Spirits


Editorial Reviews

“Radin does more in Life on Ice than tell the lively history of twentieth century technologies of freezing, the implications for storage of blood, and the ‘latent’ life conserved within—she constructs sophisticated visual metaphors as her framework of analysis. Using language that correlates temperature with temporality, Radin reveals how scientific salvation narratives are co-constituted with settler nationalist narratives of progress. Both are predicated on hierarchies of social life in which indigenous peoples and other ‘primitives’ serve as raw materials for the production of Western nation states. Her tracing of bioscience genealogies will challenge attentive scientists to consider different narrative and ethical paths forward.”