Replicant being: Law and strange life in the age of biotechnology

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In 1980, the Supreme Court determined that a genetically modified organism was patentable. Ten years later, the California Supreme Court ruled that a person did not have ownership rights in his cells. Both cases were crucial for the development of biotechnology as a multibillion dollar business. Both also contributed to changing conceptions of the human and of life itself. This chapter chronicles legal and political efforts to resolve the hazy definitions of life and the human as they move through the mainstream media and popular culture and contribute to an emerging narrative of humanity for a global age.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wald, P

Published Date

  • January 1, 2017

Book Title

  • New Directions in Law and Literature

Start / End Page

  • 344 - 358

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780190456368

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190456368.003.0021

Citation Source

  • Scopus