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Public Health and Private WealthStem Cells, Surrogates, and Other Strategic Bodies$
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Sarah Hodges and Mohan Rao

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199463374

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463374.001.0001

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Biotechnology in India

Biotechnology in India

Catalyst for a Knowledge Era?

(p.197) 8 Biotechnology in India
Public Health and Private Wealth

Priya Ranjan

Oxford University Press

This chapter places the development of India’s medical biotechnology industry within the logic of global neo-liberal changes that shaped the very emergence of the biotech industry across the globe. Whereas many claim that India lost out in the initial phase of industrialization, through biotechnology India will ‘leapfrog’ into a developed economy. This is said to be facilitated by a number of factors: India’s heterogeneous gene pool, the large number of diseases in the country, her tech-savvy English-speaking scientific pool, and so on. Against this view, the author argues that the Indian state’s support to the creation of social and scientific infrastructure for the biotechnology industry to flourish has led to a dangerous ‘mutation’ of how science is perceived.

Keywords:   India, biotechnology, global science policy

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