"In this superbly crafted ethnography Lesley Sharp exposes unexamined moral thinking embedded in the highly experimental worlds of xenotransplantation and mechanical hearts. Involved scientists believe that use of donated human body parts, eternally in short supply, will cease due to their work, thus eliminating organ scarcity and hence moral issues associated with transplantation. But Sharp s insightful probing reveals critical moral concerns that individuals living with body parts of non-human origin must confront in their lives."Margaret Lock, author of "Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death" "Lesley Sharp s exploration of the moral ground and quandaries of experimental xenografting and bioengineering brings together current interests in the ethnography of ethical life and of working science. I read this lucid and compelling account in a single go."Michael Lambek, Canada Research Chair, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto Scarborough
"Anthropologists have always sought out frontiersand in this compelling new work Lesley Sharp takes us to the frontiers of transplantion, where the engineering of animals and of cunning devices promises to solve the shortage of organs. In telling a tale of 'virtuosity and virtue', Sharp is an incomparably astute, sensitive and observant guide."Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
This book is based on groundbreaking and timely research in new realms of biomedicine. The human body is a critical juncture of personal experience, social meanings, and significant boundaries. Sharp deftly engages with these different frameworks taking readers through contested terrains of experimental medicine while keeping focus on querying desires for a better life that is shared by patients and the scientific community. Nancy Chen is Professor of Anthropology at UC, Santa Cruz, and the author of "Asian Biotech: Ethics and Communities of Fate"
This book addresses a timely and fascinating topic from a novel and anthropological perspective. An exciting, timely piece of work. Janelle S. Taylor, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington"show more