Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy / Edition 1

Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy / Edition 1

by Sarah Franklin
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Duke University Press Books
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Dolly Mixtures: The Remaking of Genealogy / Edition 1

While the creation of Dolly the sheep, the world's most famous clone, triggered an enormous amount of discussion about human cloning, in Dolly Mixtures the anthropologist Sarah Franklin looks beyond the much-rehearsed controversy to some of the other reasons why the iconic animal's birth and death were significant. Building on the work of historians and anthropologists, Franklin reveals Dolly as the embodiment of agricultural, scientific, social, and commercial histories that are, in turn, bound up with national and imperial aspirations. Dolly was the offspring of a long tradition of animal domestication, as well as the more recent histories of capital accumulation through selective breeding, and enhanced national competitiveness through the control of biocapital. Franklin traces Dolly's connections to Britain's centuries-old sheep and wool markets (which were vital to the nation's industrial revolution) and to Britain's export of animals to its colonies- particularly Australia-to expand markets and produce wealth. Moving forward in time, she explains the celebrity sheep's links to the embryonic cell lines and global bioscientific innovation of the late twentieth century and early twenty-first. In Dolly Mixtures, Franklin uses the renowned sheep as an opportunity to begin developing a critical language to identify and evaluate the reproductive possibilities that post-Dolly biology now faces, and to look back at some of the important historical formations that enabled and prefigured Dolly's creation.

About the Author:
Sarah Franklin is Professor of Social Studies of Biomedicine and Associate Director of the Bios (Centre for the study of bioscience, biomedicine,biotechnology, and society at the London School of Economics and Political Science

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822339205
Publisher: Duke University Press Books
Publication date: 04/11/2007
Series: a John Hope Franklin Center Book
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     ix
Origins     1
Sex     19
Capital     46
Nation     73
Colony     118
Death     158
Breeds     195
Notes     209
Bibliography     231
Index     245

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