Excerpt new biotechnology book

Dean Blobaum dblobaum at press.uchicago.edu
Wed Sep 8 16:44:20 EST 1999

In 1993 a French genetics lab--the Centre d'Etude du Polymorphisme
Humain--in collaboration with the American biotech firm Millennium
Pharmaceuticals, planned to ship genetic samples to Millennium's labs.
But at the last moment the French government scotched the deal.  How do
samples of DNA acquire the status of national treasure, prevented from
being taken out of the country?  Read  the introduction to Paul
Rabinow's new book, _French DNA: Trouble in Purgatory _ at the
University of Chicago Press website:

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