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Tissue Culture in Science and Society

The Public Life of a Biological Technique in Twentieth Century Britain


Part of the Science, Technology and Medicine in Modern History book series (STMMH)

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About this book


This book charts the social and cultural history of the scientific technique known as 'tissue culture'. It shows how tissue culture was a regular public presence in twentieth-century Britain, and argues that history can contribute to current debates surrounding research on human and animal tissue.


20th century argue Britain corpus cultural history culture Great Britain history history of literature hospital love organ politics society twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of ManchesterUK

About the authors

DUNCAN WILSON is a Wellcome Trust Researcher at the University of Manchester, UK, and is a Historian of Biology and Medicine in twentieth-century Britain. His research looks at the history of tissue culture, debates on animal behaviour, academic reforms of biological science, and the emergence of bioethics in Britain and the United States.

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"This is a widely significant and ambitious volume notwithstanding

its small size and seemingly esoteric subject matter...The book joins a small but

important literature that deals with the space shared

between laboratory scientists with their disciplinary

concerns and the wider public sphere." - Robert Budd, American Historical Review