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Science City

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/9780226709192.003.0005
Science City

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This chapter examines how Cuba funded the construction of biotechnology research facilities in the 1980s and the 1990s, which include the Finlay Institute and the Center for Molecular Immunology (CIM). It explains that the principal feature of sociolismo led almost all Cubans to resort to la bolsa negra or the black market and this practice is relevant to the growth of biotechnology. This chapter argues that Cuban science needs to be understood in light of these cultural norms because social relations of science in the Science Pole cleaved strongly to this improvisational culture.

Keywords: biotechnology; research facilities; Cuban; Finlay Institute; Center for Molecular Immunology; CIM; sociolismo; black market; cultural norms; science; Science Pole

Chapter.  11300 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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