Making up “persons” in personalized medicine with metabolomics

Imagine a world where you can walk into a hospital, submit a urine and blood sample, and be told 20 minutes later that you not only have a particular type of ear infection, but also a 50% chance of developing diabetes in the next ten years.  Such is the promise of “personalized medicine,” in which the development of molecular diagnostics …


Gut Wisdom, Or Why We Are More Intelligent than We Know

Gut feeling. Go with your gut.  Gut of the problem.  By default I’m a gut guy.  At the age of thirteen I was diagnosed with acute Crohn’s Disease.  For the next ten years I was borderline incontinent.  Then I had a small bowel occlusion that resulted in complications precipitating a near death experience after which several feet of festering small …


Top of the heap: Janelle Taylor and Hannah Landecker

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Matej Kren "Idiom," (detail), Prague Municipal Library

This is the first post in a new series we’re calling “Top of the heap”. Following the lead of Cultural Anthropology (see their “Playlists” feature) and others, we’ve asked scholars whose work we enjoy reading to tell us a little about what they’re reading or planning to read.  In this …