This ESRC fellowship supported a series of research projects which together constitute an innovative mapping of the issues which accompany the increasing role played by transgenic animals in the international development of biotechnology.

The fellowship involved international studies in the UK, USA and Singapore, researching the basis of spatial differences in the production, circulation and regulation of genetically engineered (GE) animals; focusing on GE mice as the most widely established and rapidly increasing GE animals, with some additional work on GE zebrafish.

Interviews, policy analysis and media reviews traced how GE mice and zebrafish have become the standard organisms for biological research, exploring differences in the way this normalisation has occurred in different contexts.

In-depth qualitative research investigated issues challenging this normalisation, including the implications of large-scale international mutant mouse projects, the translational of basic research into clinical contexts, and developments in animal welfare.

Theoretically, the research builds on dialogues between animal geographies, science and technology studies and critical bioethics. Empirically, the research provides new insights into the international dimensions of contemporary biotechnology and the role played by transgenic animals in the spaces of the bioeconomy and in political and ethical debate.



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Mice space

Author: Gail Davies Date: 10 January 2013 Website

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Writing biology with mutant mice : the monstrous potential of post genomic life

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 January 2013 Journal article

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What is a humanized mouse? : remaking the species and spaces of translational medicine

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 September 2012 Journal article

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The spaces of transbiology

Organiser: Gail Davies Date: 05 January 2012 Organised event

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The science and social science of animal welfare : interdisciplinary conversations

Organiser: Gail Davies Date: 05 January 2012 Organised event

Caring for the multiple and the multitude : assembling animal welfare and enabling ethical critique

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 January 2012 Journal article

Playing dice with mice : building experimental futures in Singapore

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 December 2011 Journal article

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Engineering performance or performing engineering standards? : globalization and the application of the three Rs

Author: Gail Davies Date: 21 August 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Molecular life

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 April 2011 Book chapter

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From small stories to big questions : reflections on a social scientist in a world of mice

Author: Gail Davies Date: 30 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Moving mice : managing emergence in experimental systems

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 29 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Engineering performance or performing engineering standards? : globalization and the application of the three Rs

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Presentation/lecture

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Making it big? : tracing collaboration, complexity and control in the biosciences

Organiser: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Organised event

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Experimental ruins

Organiser: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Organised event

Caring for the multitude and the multiple

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Playing dice with mice : biological exuberance and stabilising value

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Rethinking scale and relations with humanized mice

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

The animal in capitalism

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The entangled spaces of translational research : from the human in the mouse to the mouse in the clinic

Speaker: Gail Davies Date: 25 March 2011 Seminar/workshop

Where do experiments end?

Author: Gail Davies Date: 01 September 2010 Journal article

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Transforming behaviour : human and animal nature in the behavioural genetics laboratory

Creator: Gail Davies Date: 15 February 2010 Seminar/workshop

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Mapping mutant mice : the monstrous biology of post-genomic life

Author: Gail Davies Date: 15 February 2010 Conference paper/presentation

Mutant mice : the monstrous potential of postgenomics

Creator: Gail Davies Date: 12 February 2010 Audio/video recording

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Humanized mice : are we there yet?

Creator: Gail Davies Date: 07 February 2010 Seminar/workshop

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Geography, knowledge production and post genomics : competing global visions for laboratory animal science

Creator: Gail Davies Date: 07 February 2010 Presentation/lecture

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Start date
30 September 2007
End date
31 December 2010
Grant holder
Professor Gail Davies
Grant amount
£279,516.95
Grant reference
RES-063-27-0093
Discipline
Human Geography
Grant type