Co-production, multiplied: Enactments of sex as a biological variable in US biomedicine

  title={Co-production, multiplied: Enactments of sex as a biological variable in US biomedicine},
  author={Madeleine Pape},
  journal={Social Studies of Science},
  pages={339 - 363}
  • Madeleine Pape
  • Published 24 January 2021
  • Sociology
  • Social Studies of Science
In 2016 the US National Institutes of Health introduced a policy mandating consideration of Sex as a Biological Variable (SABV) in preclinical research. In this article, I ask what, precisely, is meant by the designation of sex as a ‘biological variable’, and how has its inclusion come to take the form of a policy mandate? Given the well documented complexity of ‘sex’ and the degree to which it is politically and scientifically contested, its enactment via policy as a biological variable is not… 

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