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Review 'The book is an important contribution to the anthropology of reproduction and Latin American studies, among other fields.' (Amy Cooper Somatosphere 2014-04-03) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Read more From the Inside Flap ?Bold and gripping, God?s Laboratory is ethnography at its best. The book?s unforgettable characters and their desperate travails to reproduce via global medicine are the very fabric of a highly-original and much-needed social theory for our twenty-first century technological societies.? - Jo?o Biehl, author of Vita: Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment'God?s Laboratory is the perfect anthropological antidote to the fetishization of reproductive materials as 'life itself.' Roberts shows in meticulous detail and in luminous prose how Catholic scientists and technicians in Ecuador invite God into private IVF labs to ?bless the work? of producing embryos. Kinship, care, and cultivation -- not embryonic life -- define reproduction in this uncertain world.' - Nancy Scheper-Hughes, author of Death Without Weeping: The Violence of Everyday Life in Brazil?Written with clarity, compassion, and self-reflection, God's Laboratory is a beautiful book which puts the ethnographic method to excellent use. Roberts's painstaking fieldwork unearthed the many layers through which the aspirations for fertility and use of infertility technologies instantiate not only gender and kinship in Ecuador, but ethnicity, race and region in the national project of modernity. The book is a stunning instance of the benefits which accrue when the study of reproduction is used as an optic for understanding social life.? - Rayna Rapp, author of Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America?God?s Laboratory is a strong, intriguing and careful look at the daily connections between faith and science that underpin the process of human assisted reproduction in urban Ecuador.' -Marisol de la Cadena, author of Indigenous Mestizos: The Politics of Race and Culture in Cuzco, Peru, 1910-1991 Read more See all Editorial Reviews