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Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences : The Human Genome Diversity Project: An Ethnography of Scientific Practice - Amade M'Charek

Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences

The Human Genome Diversity Project: An Ethnography of Scientific Practice

Hardcover Published: 21st February 2005
ISBN: 9780521832229
Number Of Pages: 224

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The Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP) was launched in 1991 by a group of population geneticists whose aim was to map genetic diversity in hundreds of human populations by tracing the similarities and differences between them. It quickly became controversial and was accused of racism and 'bad science' because of the special interest paid to sampling cell material from isolated and indigenous populations. The author spent a year carrying out participant observation in two of the laboratories involved and provides fascinating insights into daily routines and technologies used in those laboratories and also into issues of normativity, standardization and naturalisation. Drawing on debates and theoretical perspectives from across the social sciences, M'charek explores the relationship between the tools used to produce knowledge and the knowledge thus produced in a way that illuminates the HGDP but also contributes to our broader understanding of the contemporary life sciences and their social implications.

'M'Charek offers the reader a fascinating first-hand account of science-in-practice at two of the laboratories involved in the Human Genome Diversity Project, but this is more than just another instalment in the now well-established tradition of ethnography in/of the laboratory. ... engagingly written ...'. Environment and Planning A
"...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

Introduction: The Human Genome Diversity Project
Technologies of populations: making differences and similarities between Turkish and Dutch males
Ten chimps in a laboratory: or how a human genetic marker may become a good genetic marker for typing chimps
Naturalisation of a reference sequence: Anderson or the Mitochondrial Eve of modern genetics
The traffic in males and other stories on the enactment of the sexes in studies of genetic lineage
Technologies of similarity and difference or how to do politics with DNA
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ISBN: 9780521832229
ISBN-10: 0521832225
Series: Cambridge Studies in Society and the Life Sciences
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 21st February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.48