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Sticky History

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/9780226709192.003.0006
Sticky History

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This chapter discusses the challenges and problem faced by Cuba's biotechnology sector in the early 1990s. These include the fall of the Soviet bloc and national economic crisis brought about by the U.S. embargo. These problems forced Cuba's formerly secluded biotechnology to come into contact with all the heavily capitalized features of Western science. The result was a multifaceted struggle between Cuba's locally nurtured epistemic milieu and the machinery of the global pharmaceutical economy mediated through the circumstances of a localized political crisis.

Keywords: biotechnology; Cuba; economic crisis; Soviet bloc; U.S. embargo; Western science; pharmaceutical economy; political crisis

Chapter.  11253 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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