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Making Space for Science

in The Cuban Cure

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780226709178
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226709192 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226709192.003.0004
Making Space for Science

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This chapter examines how various actors involved in the biotechnology project in Cuba created space for scientific research. It suggests that the biotechnology project was a product of the large-scale mobilization that brought together the government, scientists, laborers and foreign consultants and helped physically weld them into the longer-running narrative of Cuban development. This chapter highlights the role of the opening of the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) in 1986 in the formation of a particular political rationality that served as part of Cuba's response to a changing world order.

Keywords: biotechnology; Cuba; scientific research; government; scientists; laborers; foreign consultants; CIGB; political order; world order

Chapter.  8653 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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