11.7.13 — It's not out in print yet but you can bank on a good read when Professor Kara Swanson's book, Banking on the Body: Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm, in Modern America, hits the stores in early 2014!

In this eye-opening study, Kara Swanson traces the history of body banks from the nineteenth-century experiments that discovered therapeutic uses for body products to twenty-first-century websites that facilitate a thriving global exchange.

Trained as a biochemist and molecular biologist at Yale University and the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Swanson was a published research scientist before entering law school, also at Berkeley. As an associate at Dechert LLP, she maintained an intellectual property law practice, where she was involved in drafting and negotiating technology licenses, advising biotech and computer services and software start-ups on protection of their inventions and drafting and prosecuting patents as a registered patent attorney

Banking on the Body is forthcoming from Harvard University Press in 2014.