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- DescriptionA Machine to Make a Future represents a remarkably original look at the present and possible future of biotechlogy research in the wake of the mapping of the human geme. The central tenet of Celera Diagstics--the California biotech company whose formative work during 2003 is the focus of the book--is that the emergent kwledge about the geme, with its profound implications for human health, can w be turned into a powerful diagstic apparatus--one that will yield breakthrough diagstic and therapeutic products (and, potentially, profit). Celera's efforts--assuming they succeed--may fundamentally reshape the fabric of how health and health care are understood, practiced, and managed. Presenting a series of interviews with all of the key players in Celera Diagstics, Paul Rabiw and Talia Dan-Cohen open a fascinating window on the complexity of corporate scientific invation. This marks a radical departure from other books on the biotech industry by chronicling the vicissitudes of a project during a finite time period, in the words of the actors themselves. Ultimately, the authors conclude, Celera Diagstics is engaged in a future characterized t by geniuses and their celebrated discoveries but by a largely anymous and widely distributed profusion of data and results--a machine to make a future. In their new afterword, Rabiw and Dan-Cohen revisit Celera Diagstics as its mighty machine grinds along, wondering, along with the scientists, what constitutes success and what constitutes failure? The pathos of the situation turns on how one poses the question as much as how one answers it.
- Author BiographyPaul Rabinow is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. His many books include French DNA, Making PCR , and Anthropos Today (Princeton). Talia Dan-Cohen received a B.A. in anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
- Author(s)Paul Rabinow,Talia Dan-Cohen
- PublisherPrinceton University Press
- Date of Publication13/03/2006
- SubjectSociology & Anthropology: Professional
- Place of PublicationNew Jersey
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrinceton University Press
- Content Note8 halftones.
- Weight371 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine17 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Edition StatementRevised edition
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