Life Out of Sequence: A Data-driven History of Bioinformatics
by Hallam Stevens
The University of Chicago Press, 2013. 294 pages.
Life Out of Sequence is a lucid ethnographic and historical account of how computational tools changed how biologists think about and engage with living systems. In it, Hallam Stevens tells a captivating story about how genes and genomes become …
Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life
by Jonathan Xavier Inda
Ashgate, 2014, 148 pages.
Racial Prescriptions provides an eloquent and theoretically-engaged account of the story of BiDil, a pharmaceutical that has become an iconic case for scholars of race in science and medicine. When BiDil was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in …
The Enculturated Gene:
Sickle Cell Health Politics and Biological Difference in West Africa
by Duana Fullwiley
Princeton University Press, 2011. 368 pp.
What is the role of cultural analysis in confronting genetic phenomena? Over the past few decades, cultural anthropologists have striven to contest or hold at bay genetic explanations for race, gender, and sexuality. Their analytical approach was …
Premise and Summary
This is a very provisional text, part of a broader book-length research (forthcoming from Palgrave in 2015) on ‘political epistemology’, a construct I use to investigate the coproduction of epistemological facts and socio-political values in the history of the life-sciences (e.g.: how certain views of heredity, development, nature/nurture potentially favor certain political values and …
An interdisciplinary group of experts on health and medicine gathered in Austin, Texas on September 23-24, 2013 for a two-day conference and working group, “Addressing Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities: Best Practices for Clinical Care and Medical Education in the 21st Century” (ARHD). Organized by Deborah Bolnick, ARHD invited participants and attendees to examine how erroneous beliefs regarding …
Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice
by Catherine Bliss
Stanford University Press, 2012. 280 pp., US$24.95 (paperback)
In Race Decoded: The Genomic Fight for Social Justice, Catherine Bliss explores how arguments against biological race after the discovery of the genome eventually fell back upon older discourses of racial difference. In her book, Bliss “…analyzes genomics’ rapid shift …