The Resource Synthetic : how life got made, Sophia Roosth

Synthetic : how life got made, Sophia Roosth

Label
Synthetic : how life got made
Title
Synthetic
Title remainder
how life got made
Statement of responsibility
Sophia Roosth
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"In the final years of the twentieth century, �emigr�es from engineering and computer science devoted themselves to biology and resolved that if the aim of biology is to understand life, then making life would yield better theories than experimentation. Armed with the latest biotechnology techniques, these scientists treated biological media as elements for design and manufacture: viruses named for computers, bacterial genomes encoding passages from James Joyce, chimeric yeast buckling under the metabolic strain of genes harvested from wormwood, petunias, and microbes from Icelandic thermal pools. In Synthetic: How Life Got Made, cultural anthropologist Sophia Roosth reveals how synthetic biologists make new living things in order to understand better how life works. The first book-length ethnographic study of this discipline, Synthetic documents the social, cultural, rhetorical, economic, and imaginative transformations biology has undergone in the post-genomic age. Roosth traces this new science from its origins at MIT to start-ups, laboratories, conferences, and hackers' garages across the United States -- even to contemporary efforts to resurrect extinct species. Her careful research reveals that rather than opening up a limitless new field, these biologists' own experimental tactics circularly determine the biological features, theories, and limits they fasten upon. Exploring the life sciences emblematic of our time, Synthetic tells the origin story of the astonishing claim that biological making fosters biological knowing"--The publisher
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Roosth, Sophia
Dewey number
660/.6509
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
TA 164 .R66 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2017 D-213
  • QT 36
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Synthetic biology
  • Bioengineering
  • Synthetic Biology
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioengineering
  • Synthetic biology
Label
Synthetic : how life got made, Sophia Roosth
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Analysis : synthesis -- Interlude 1: Plastic fantastic -- Life by design : evolution and creation tales in synthetic biology -- Interlude 2: From still life to more intense life -- The synthetic kingdom : transgenic kinship in the postgenomic era -- Interlude 3: To make an eye, a hair, a leaf -- The rebirth of the author : new life in legal and economic circuits -- Interlude 4: Much more than human -- Biotechnical agnosticism : fragmented life and labor among the machines -- Interlude 5: What comes before -- Life makes itself at home : the rise of biohacking as political action -- Interlude 6: Life embryonic and prophetic -- Latter-day Lazarus : biological salvage and species revival -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: A note on method
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 251 pages
Isbn
9780226440460
Lccn
2016027488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952139113
  • (OCoLC)ocn952139113
Label
Synthetic : how life got made, Sophia Roosth
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: Analysis : synthesis -- Interlude 1: Plastic fantastic -- Life by design : evolution and creation tales in synthetic biology -- Interlude 2: From still life to more intense life -- The synthetic kingdom : transgenic kinship in the postgenomic era -- Interlude 3: To make an eye, a hair, a leaf -- The rebirth of the author : new life in legal and economic circuits -- Interlude 4: Much more than human -- Biotechnical agnosticism : fragmented life and labor among the machines -- Interlude 5: What comes before -- Life makes itself at home : the rise of biohacking as political action -- Interlude 6: Life embryonic and prophetic -- Latter-day Lazarus : biological salvage and species revival -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: A note on method
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 251 pages
Isbn
9780226440460
Lccn
2016027488
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)952139113
  • (OCoLC)ocn952139113

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