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- DescriptionThe molecular life sciences are making visible what was once invisible. Yet the more we learn about our own biology, the less we are able to fit this kwledge into an integrated whole. Life is divided into new sub-units and reassembled into new forms: from genes to clones, from embryonic stages to the building-blocks of synthetic biology. Extracted from their scientific and social contexts, these new entities become t only visible but indeed naked : ready to assume an essential status of their own and take on multiple values and meanings as they pass from labs to courts, from patent offices to parliaments and back. In Naked Genes, leading science scholar Helga Nowotny and molecular biologist Giuseppe Testa examine the interaction between these dramatic advances in the life sciences and equally dramatic political reconfigurations of our societies. Considering topics ranging from assisted reproduction and personalized medicine to genetic sports doping, they reveal both surprising continuities and radical discontinuities between the latest advances in the life sciences and long-standing human traditions.
- Author BiographyHelga Nowotny is former President of the European Research Council and author of Insatiable Curiosity: Innovation in a Fragile Future (MIT Press) and other books. Giuseppe Testa heads the Laboratory of Stem Cell Epigenetics at the European Institute for Oncology (IEO) in Milan and is the cofounder of the interdisciplinary PhD program FOLSATEC (Foundations of the Life Sciences and Their Ethical Consequences) in Milan.
- Author(s)Giuseppe Testa,Helga Nowotny
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication29/08/2014
- SubjectScience: General & Reference
- Series TitleNaked Genes
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Width137 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Translated byMitch Cohen
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18 years
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