A Simpler Life: Synthetic Biological Experiments
Cornell University Press, 2021. 174 pages.
First, take a self-consciously self-aggrandizing area of bioengineering, “synthetic biology,” which was said to aim at nothing less than “the design and construction of novel life-forms” (Dan-Cohen, p.12), an apparently clear claim made by those with a platform from which to make it, one that is in …
More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the origin of the virus causing the disease remains uncertain. The predominant theory is that its emergence in human populations was the result of zoonotic transmission, via an as-yet to be determined animal host. A competing (if still marginal) theory holds that a more likely source of the initial outbreak was an …
, Pocket Books, 1944 Edition
Sinclair Lewis’s novel Arrowsmith, published in 1925 to critical and public acclaim (the book was awarded the Pulitzer prize, although Lewis refused it), is a bildungsroman with an unusual hero: a young doctor cum scientist, Martin Arrowsmith (Lewis, 1925). The hero’s career includes a range of roles and positions: he is at …
stratification practices have long been used as a means to produce and make
sense of cancer, distinguishing ‘types’,
tumour development stages, and even patients’ sociodemographic profiles.
However, interest in stratification; that is, the process of dividing oncology
populations into clinically meaningful subtypes, has been re-invigorated by two
recent developments in medicine and healthcare. First, an increased awareness
health experts, and anthropologists
(among others) have pointed to a prevalence of gender, class, race, age,
and ethnic bias in biomedical research and the specific ways in which
knowledges about bodies are created and reproduced in biomedicine.
In the 19th century, when the long-standing
idea of women’s inferiority was brought into question more …
In late November, He Jiankui, a scientist in China, announced that he had created the first “CRISPR babies,” meaning that he performed germ-line genome edits on human embryos, which were implanted through in vitro fertilization (IVF), and has now resulted the birth of twin girls. He used CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing technology that can target DNA at precise …