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Naked Genes: Reinventing the Human in the Molecular Age

Helga Nowotny and Giuseppe Testa


This book charts the mutual reconfiguration between scientific and social innovations in and around the molecular life sciences. Today’s biology is making visible what was once invisible. It parses life into new units of sense-making and reassembles them into new forms: from genes to clones, from embryonic stages to the building-blocks of synthetic biology. Yet, extracted from their scientific and social context and turned into mobile resources, technical and discursive alike, these new forms of life become not only visible but indeed “naked”: ready to assume an – illusory - essential status a ... More

Keywords: Life sciences, Molecular gaze, Visibility, Genes, Stem Cells, Institutions, Law, Bioethics, Governance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262014939
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014939.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helga Nowotny, author
Vienna Science and Technology Fund (WWTF)

Giuseppe Testa, author