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This chapter explores the theme of how bioethics and other regulatory regimes can reduce uncertainty surrounding the viability of a biomedical initiative. The chapter follows Asian researchers in their own working through of the limits and contradictions in a universalized ethical framework as it plays out in their various fields and sites. In contrast to a focus on bioethical violations in the emerging world, scientists in Southeast Asia view global international bioethical regulations as inadequate in at least two ways. Bioethical guidelines such as informed consent, they argue, are not able in practice to address the substantive needs of indigenous...

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