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Genome Presence: The Work of a Diagnostic/Iconic Image

Genome Presence: The Work of a Diagnostic/Iconic Image

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Title: Genome Presence: The Work of a Diagnostic/Iconic Image
Author: Martin, Aryn E.
Abstract: This paper is an exploration the work of a potent image: the human-instrumental-material work required to produce a karyotype, as well as the work done by the image, both in clinical settings, and as a public emblem of "the human genome". In keeping with theoretical accounts of the visual in science studies, I conduct an ethnographic exploration of the resolution of ambiguous bodies into their genomic portrait. Next, I leave the specific context of the image's production to speculate on the existence of "genome presence", which, much like "fetal presence", relies on public consumption of newly visible objects.
Type: Other
Rights: http://www.yorku.ca/fes/research/students/outstanding/index.htm
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10315/18112
Published: Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University
Series: Vol. 6;No. 5
Citation: FES Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Series
ISSN: 1702-3548
Date: 2000

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