People’s Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier
In Plain English:
Sociologist investigates the tensions between the stem cell research community and racial minorities and/or low-income communities
What it covered:
Dr. Ruha Benjamin, a sociologist who studies scientists and the way they interact with marginalized communities, opened her talk with a story about a bench.
Not a lab bench. A park bench. In Berkeley.
It was a nice day, and she had a few minutes to spare after giving a talk at UC-Berkeley, so she decided to try and take a nap on the park bench. She found that she couldn’t. “Tell me why,” she said, clicking to a slide with a picture of a metal park bench with three sets of arm-rest-style dividers.
“…It has bars on it?” one audience member said tentatively.
“Right. But why do you think those bars are there?” Continue reading “Do stem cell researchers ignore social inequalities? – Recap of talk by Dr. Ruha Benjamin” »