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Popular Images of Genetics


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. José Van Dijck
    Pages 1-4
  3. José Van Dijck
    Pages 5-32
  4. José Van Dijck
    Pages 33-62
  5. José Van Dijck
    Pages 63-90
  6. José Van Dijck
    Pages 91-118
  7. José Van Dijck
    Pages 119-148
  8. José Van Dijck
    Pages 149-178
  9. José Van Dijck
    Pages 179-198
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 199-235

About this book


Genetics seems more popular then ever. DNA technology not only sustains large areas of biomedicine and business, but also prevails in social and legal practices and takes root in cultural products. Since the late 1950s, the public image of genetics metamorphosed from a suspect branch of research into a thriving, well-funded field of biomedicine. Images and imaginations have played a crucial role in the popularization of genetic knowledge. The media played up images of engineered bugs, scientists promoted images of selfish genes and science fiction writers infested the imagination with stories of cloned monsters. Imag e nation examines the role of science, journalism and fiction in the popularization of genetics.


bioethics criticism DNA ethics genetics journalism knowledge media research science technology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of MaastrichtThe Netherlands

About the authors

Ms Jose Van Dijck

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'...stimulating and helpful.' - Jon Turvey, Public Understanding of Science