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Jungle laboratories : Mexican peasants, national projects, and the making of the Pill

Author: Gabriela Soto Laveaga
Publisher: Durham [NC] : Duke University Press, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the 1940s chemists discovered that barbasco, a wild yam indigenous to Mexico, could be used to mass produce synthetic steroid hormones. This title reconstructs the story of how rural yam pickers,  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gabriela Soto Laveaga
ISBN: 9780822345879 0822345870 9780822346050 0822346052
OCLC Number: 319501016
Description: xiii, 331 [1] pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The Papaloapan, poverty, and a wild yam --
Mexican peasants, a foreign chemist, and the Mexican father of the Pill --
Discovering and gathering the new "green gold" --
Patents, compounds, and steroid-making peasants --
A yam, students, and a populist project --
The state takes control of barbasco : the emergence of Proquivemex (1974/1976) --
Proquivemex and transnational steroid laboratories --
Barbasqueros into Mexicans --
Root of discord.
Responsibility: Gabriela Soto Laveaga.

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