The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon

Front Cover
University of Michigan Press, Jul 19, 2004 - History - 284 pages
"The DNA Mystique is a wake-up call to all who would dismiss America's love affair with 'the gene' as a merely eccentric obsession."
--In These Times

"Nelkin and Lindee are to be warmly congratulated for opening up this intriguing field [of genetics in popular culture] to further study."

The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself.

With a new introduction and conclusion, this edition will continue to be an engaging, accessible, and provocative text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing

In The DNA Mystique: The Gene as a Cultural Icon, Dorothy Nelkin and M. Susan Lindee write, “Three related themes underly [sic] the metaphors geneticists and other biologists use to describe work on ... Read full review

THE DNA MYSTIQUE: The Gene as a Cultural Icon

User Review  - Kirkus

Policy, popular culture, and genetics meet in this intelligent critique of our society's search for easy answers. Genetic essentialism is on the rise, contend Nelkin (Sociology/New York Univ.; The ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2004)

Dorothy Nelkin, University Professor at New York University, passed away in the spring of 2003.

M. Susan Lindee is Associate Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Bibliographic information