The Global Genome: Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture
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."Biological science and the biotech industry are increasingly organized at a global level, in large part because of the use of the Internet in exchanging biological data. International genome sequencing efforts, genomic databases, the development of World Intellectual Property policies, and the "borderless" business of biotech are all evidence of the global intersections of biology and informatics -- of genetic codes and computer codes. Thacker points out the internal tension in the very concept of biotechnology: the products are more "tech" than "bio," but the technology itself is fully biological, composed of the biomaterial labor of genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. Is biotechnology a technology at all, he asks, or is it a notion of "life itself" that is inseparable from its use in the biotech industry?The three sections of the book cover the three primary activities of biotechnology today: the encoding of biological materials into digital form -- as in bioinformatics and genomics; its recoding in various ways -- including the "biocolonialism" of mapping genetically isolated ethnic populations and the newly pervasive concern over "biological security"; and its decoding back into biological materiality -- as in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Thacker moves easily from science to philosophy to political economics, enlivening his account with ideas from such thinkers as Georges Bataille, Georges Canguilhem, Michel Foucault, Antonio Negri, and Paul Virilio. The "global genome," says Thacker, makes it impossible to consider biotechnology without the context of globalism.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Bioinformatic Bodies and the Problem of Life Itself
A Political Economy of the Genomic Body
Biocolonialism Genomics and the Databasing of the Population
The Incorporate Bodies of Recombinant Capital
Bioinfowar Biologically Enhancing National Security
Regenerative Medicine We Can Grow It for You Wholesale
Conclusion Tactical Media and Bioart
Biotechnology Fields and Areas of Application
Techniques and Technologies in Biotechnology Research
A Brief Chronology of Bioinformatics
Biotechnology and Popular Culture or Mutants Replicants and Zombies
The Thickness of Tissue Engineering
Other editions - View all
analysis anthrax Antonio Negri approach become biocolonialism bioinformatics biological body biological exchange biological warfare biomaterial biomaterial labor biomedical biopolitics biotech industry biotechnology bioterrorism biowar Canguilhem capital cathepsin-K Celera cell lines cellular commodity complex concept context cultural defined differentiation disease drug economic emphasis enzymes example fields film Foucault function genetic code genetic engineering genome databases genome projects genome sequencing HGDP Human Genome Project Human Genome Sciences hybrid Ibid IHGSC immaterial individual informatic information technologies labor power living labor logical machine Marx Marx's mode molecular biology molecular genetics molecules natural networks nology notes notion organism patents pharmaceutical pharmacogenomics plasmid political economy population genomics potential practices production protein race recombinant regeneration regenerative medicine relation relationship scientific sense social species stem cells structure tech technical techniques tension theory therapy tion tissue engineering trans transformation University York
No Place Like Home: Organizing Home-based Labor in the Era of Structural ...
David E. Staples
No preview available - 2006
All Book Search results »
Human Cloning in the Media: From Science Fiction to Science Practice
No preview available - 2008