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Valuation of life: genetic models and the making of markets

Abstract : How do we give value to living things and intangible goods ? One of the major illustrations of the economisation of nature is the development of animal semen markets for improving worldwide livestock production. Scientific and technological developments (artificial insemination, evaluation of animal genetic worth through scientific models and genetic indexes, and more recently genomics) have contributed to this process. While use of the term ‘life merchandizing’ is recent, the practice of improving and commercializing breeds of domestic animals has been a part of the modernization of agriculture for a long time. This paper analyses some key development from the 18th to the 20th century and addresses such questions as how animal genetics became a commodity, how it was evaluated and what role scientific tools played in this process.
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Julie Labatut. Valuation of life: genetic models and the making of markets. Entreprises et Histoire, Eska, 2017, 3 (88), pp.89-102. ⟨10.3917/eh.088.0089⟩. ⟨hal-02617573⟩



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