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DNA Mystique : Gene as a Cultural Icon

DNA Mystique : Gene as a Cultural Icon - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0472030040

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ISBN13: 978-0472030040
ISBN10: 0472030043
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Published: 2004
International: No

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DNA Mystique : Gene as a Cultural Icon - 04 edition

ISBN13: 978-0472030040

Dorothy Nelkin and M. Susan Lindee

ISBN13: 978-0472030040
ISBN10: 0472030043
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 04
Publisher: University of Michigan Press

Published: 2004
International: No
Summary

"The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself." With a new preface and conclusion, this edition will continue to be a text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.

Table of Contents

1 The powers of the gene
2 The eugenic gene
3 Sacred DNA
4 The molecular family
5 Elvis's DNA
6 Creating natural distinctions
7 Absolution : locating responsibility and blame
8 Genetic essentialism applied
9 Genetic futurism
10 The supergene

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