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The Human Genome Diversity Project
An Ethnography of Scientific Practice

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences

  • Date Published: February 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521539876

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  • The Human Genome Diversity Project was an important controversial research program arising from the debates surrounding the mapping of the human genome. This book, based on a detailed ethnographic study of two laboratories involved in the project, explores issues concerning standardization, naturalization and diversity generated in day-to-day work by scientists and technicians.

    • Detailed analyses of the tools of genetics and their implications, with a special emphasis on diversity
    • Provides new insights into how individuals, population, race and sex-differences are produced in laboratory practices
    • Draws on debates and theoretical perspectives from across the social sciences
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    "...this book is STS at its best....For those skeptical of STS's ability to explore broader ethical and political questions, this book might very well convince them that STS has much to contribue not despite its focus on laboratory work but precisely because of it." - CJS Online, Jose Lopez, University of Ottawa

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    • Date Published: February 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521539876
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.362kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: The Human Genome Diversity Project
    1. Technologies of populations: making differences and similarities between Turkish and Dutch males
    3. Ten chimps in a laboratory: or how a human genetic marker may become a good genetic marker for typing chimps
    4. Naturalisation of a reference sequence: Anderson or the Mitochondrial Eve of modern genetics
    5. The traffic in males and other stories on the enactment of the sexes in studies of genetic lineage
    6. Technologies of similarity and difference or how to do politics with DNA.

  • Author

    Amade M'Charek, Universiteit van Amsterdam
    Amade M'charek is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and the Department of Poltical Science, University of Amsterdam and is Lecturer in Science, Technology and Public Management.

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