The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture / Edition 1

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Overview

In the age of global biotechnology, DNA can exist as biological material in a test tube, as a sequence in a computer database, and as economically valuable information in a patent. In The Global Genome, Eugene Thacker asks us to consider the relationship of these three entities and argues that - by their existence and their interrelationships - they are fundamentally redefining the notion of biological "life itself."
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"An analytical and theoretical tour de force. The Global Genome is that rare thing: a book that combines a confident knowledge of biotechnology with a sharp eye for theory, with pyrotechnic results. Thacker maps a biopolitical economy of recombinant capital, biomaterial labor, technologies, biowar, and colonialism, a construct that wreaks havoc on our understanding of what a body is, what it can do,and what it can be made to do in the age of biotechnology. An eye-opener for the non-expert, and an essential contribution for researchers and students." Tiziana Terranova, Department of Sociology, University at Essex

"An analytical and theoretical tour de force. *The Global Genome* is that rare thing: a book that combines a confident knowledge of biotechnology with a sharp eye for theory, with pyrotechnic results. Thacker maps a biopolitical economy of recombinant capital, biomaterial labor, technologies, biowar, and colonialism, a construct that wreaks havoc on our understanding of what a body is, what it can do,and what it can be made to do in the age of biotechnology. An eye-opener for the non-expert, and an essential contribution for researchers and students."—Tiziana Terranova, Department of Sociology, University at Essex

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262201551
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2005
  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Thacker is Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Communication,and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
1 The global genome 3
2 Bioinformatic bodies and the problem of "life itself" 51
3 A political economy of the genomic body 91
4 Biocolonialism, genomics, and the databasing of the population 133
5 The incorporate bodies of recombinant capital 173
6 Bioinfowar : biologically enhancing national security 209
7 The thickness of tissue engineering 251
8 Regenerative medicine : we can grow it for you wholesale 275
9 Conclusion : tactical media and bioart 305
App. A Biotechnology fields and areas of application 321
App. B Techniques and technologies in biotechnology research 327
App. C A brief chronology of bioinformatics 333
App. D Biotechnology and popular culture; or, mutants, replicants, and zombies 339
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