Pages 285-295 | Published online: 03 Dec 2018

While previous discussions of biobanks have addressed standardization and innovations, law and ethics, governance, donation, citizenship, race, data and economy (Cromer 2017; Ehrich, Williams, and Farsides 2010; Eriksson and Webster 2008, 2015; Franklin 2006; Meskus 2018), this special issue explores the role of biobanks in the reconfigurations of the living, as they constitute a central place in the manufacture of biological resources. Certainly, the role of biobanks as biomedical platforms playing a central role in contemporary medicine had already been highlighted by Keating and Cambrosio (2003). But understanding them as spaces where both a work of shaping and socializing living beings is carried out is an original research perspective. Our introduction aims to show its heuristic, which is not limited to human biobanks.