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Becoming-with-companions: Sharing and response in experimental laboratories

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Baba Joseph offers a deep insight about how to think about the labor of animals and their people in scientific practices, especially in experimental labs. The experimental animal science inhabited in this chapter is largely medical and veterinary research in which animals bear diseases of interest to people. Calculation, such as a risk-benefit comparison weighted by taxonomic rank, suffices within relations of bounded self-similarity, such as humanism and its offspring. The chapter argues that instrumental relations of people and animals are not themselves the root of turning animals into dead things, into machines whose reactions are of interest but who have no presence, no face, that demands recognition, caring, and shared pain.

Keywords: animal experimental science; experimental laboratories; offspring



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