Plants, Patients and the Historian: (Re)membering in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Encounters)

Plants, Patients and the Historian: (Re)membering in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Encounters) by Paolo Palladino

ISBN10: 0719061539
ISBN13: 978-0719061530
Author: Paolo Palladino
Title: Plants, Patients and the Historian: (Re)membering in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Encounters)
Publisher: Manchester University Press (January 23, 2003)
Language: English
Size ePub: 1297 kb
Size PDF: 1271 kb
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Subcategory: Historical Study & Educational Resources

Plants, Patients and the Historian: (Re)membering in the Age of Genetic Engineering (Encounters) by Paolo Palladino



Plants, Patients, and the Historian examines the relationship between the act of historical recollection and the coming "age of genetic engineering." Paolo Palladino provides a history of genetics in Britain from its inception as an agricultural science in the early years of the twentieth century to its contemporary biomedical applications. The book focuses specifically on the institutionalization of two cases—plant breeding and the genetics of cancer. More subtly, however, the author suggests that the ability to tinker with genetic material—which is itself a form of history—changes our understanding of the past. Like plants and patients, the archive is not simply a repository of the past, but is instead the principle of formation of the past, the present, and the future. In explaining the similarities and their conceptual implications, the author argues further that the same principle of formation that creates the historical actor, the plant or patient that once was, also produces the historian or geneticist who is and will be. Theoretically informed and empirically substantiated, Plants, Patients, and the Historian is an innovative study at the intersection of critical theory, science and technology studies, and historiography.

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