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Plants, Patients and the Historian
Author: Paolo Palladino

ISBN: 9780719061530
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 17 December 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.8
Description:
God is dead. Thanks to the decoding of the human genome, the 'word' has been rendered into 'flesh' and 'we can all be proud of our species as it closes in on this summit of self-knowledge'. Yet, the very architects of its decoding have also warned that 'the more we learn about the human genome, the more there is to explore'. Plants, patients and the historian provides a history of genetics in Britain from its inception as a science in the early years of the twentieth century, and seeks to examine the roots of these two paradoxical assessments of the decoding of the human genome. Arguably, however, history and historiography are also called into question by the coming 'age of genetic engineering'. Thus, Plants, patients and the historian also explores the intersection of historiography, critical theory, and science and technology studies, aiming to reaffirm the inescapable presence and necessity of the 'Absolute'.

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