Kudostalous ja kaupalliset mallit. Biolääketieteellisen tutkimuksen muuttuvat ehdot

Tissue Economies and Commercial Models – The Changing Terms of Biomedical Research

This article explores the ways in which the biomedical use of human tissue collections are becoming increasingly premised on commercial mo­dels. Using the case of the Finnish Genome Information Center, a major research center project that is in the final planning stages, I argue that researchers and government experts are con­textualizing their arguments within a commercial paradigm which they present as necessary for economic development.  Interestingly, however, the commercial paradigm is strongly linked to notions of reciprocity towards both research patients and tax payers in general. The article concludes by questioning whether commercialization and privatization represents reciprocity.

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