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Origin stories from a regional placenta tissue collection

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-51
Number of pages27
JournalNew Genetics and Society
Issue number1
Early online date4 Feb 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 4 Feb 2015
DatePublished (current) - 2015


Twenty-three years ago when women and their children were recruited to a longitudinal genetic epidemiological study during pregnancy, placentas were collected at birth. This paper explores the history of a regional placenta biobank and contemporary understandings of its value for the constitution of a research population. We draw on interviews with some of the mothers and those responsible for the establishment and curation of the placenta collection in order to explore the significance and meaning of the collection for them. Given its capacity to stand in for the study cohort of mothers and children, we argue that the material significance of the placenta biobank as a research tool seems far less important than the work it does in constituting a population. The stories about this collection may be understood within the wider context of developments in biobanking and the bioeconomy.

    Structured keywords

  • PolicyBristolHealthAndWellbeing - biobank, maternal health, child health
  • IASworkshop - biocapital , bioequity
  • Gender Research Group

    Research areas

  • ALSPAC, Biobank, Bristol, Human tissue, Placenta, Pregnancy


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