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The Cuban Cure

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/9780226709192.003.0009
The Cuban Cure

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This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the history of biotechnology in Cuba. It discusses the lessons than can be learned from Cuba's experience. This chapter highlights the success of Cuba in condensing a globally disparate set of approaches to a biopharmaceutical substance into a deliverable medicine, in making a governmental rationality an element of methodology and in turning an obstacle into a tool, particularly the use of epidermal growth factor itself in anticancer therapies. It also argues that the conditioning of life science research under social and moral obligation of public interest has resulted in a very different life science industry in Cuba.

Keywords: biotechnology; Cuba; deliverable medicine; governmental rationality; epidermal growth factor; anticancer therapies; life science research; moral obligation; public interest

Chapter.  3622 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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