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Purendra Prasad, Amar Jesani, and Sujata Patel

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199482160

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199482160.001.0001

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Body as ‘Resource’ in Surrogacy and Bio-Medical Research

Body as ‘Resource’ in Surrogacy and Bio-Medical Research

New Frontiers and Dilemmas

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Sarojini Nadimpally

Vrinda Marwah

Oxford University Press

Medical research on human bodies for the purpose of drug development, and the use of technology to assist human reproduction are not new phenomena. However, the marriage of medical technology with commercial interest in a globalising world has led to a reinvention of the status of the body as a resource. Today, the global traffic in body parts and their renting and selling is unprecedented. This is throwing up new challenges, especially ethical and legal challenges. Clinical trials and surrogacy are two sites where these challenges are playing out. This chapter explores themes that emerge from the work of Sama, a Delhi-based resource group working on issues of gender and public health through research, advocacy, and inter-movement dialogue.

Keywords:   Clinical labour, movements, clinical trials, globalisation, Surrogacy

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