Human Genome Diversity Project by Amade M'Charek
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Human Genome Diversity Project
By Amade M'Charek

The Human Genome Diversity Project

An Ethnography of Scientific Practice

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Human Genome Diversity Project by Amade M'Charek

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The Human Genome Diversity Project (HGDP) was launched in 1991 by a group of population geneticists whose aim was to map genetic diversity in hundreds of human populations by tracing the similarities and differences between them. It quickly became controversial and was accused of racism and 'bad science' because of the special interest paid to sampling cell material from isolated and indigenous populations. The author spent a year carrying out participant observation in two of the laboratories involved and provides fascinating insights into daily routines and technologies used in those laboratories and also into issues of normativity, standardization and naturalisation. Drawing on debates and theoretical perspectives from across the social sciences, M'charek explores the relationship between the tools used to produce knowledge and the knowledge thus produced in a way that illuminates the HGDP but also contributes to our broader understanding of the contemporary life sciences and their social implications.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521832229
ISBN-10: 0521832225
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 20-Jan-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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This book is based on an ethnography of laboratory practice and explores issues around standardization, naturalisation and diversity.

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Author Biography - Amade M'Charek

Amade M'charek is Assistant Professor at the Department of Biology and the Department of Poltical Science, University of Amsterdam and is Lecturer in Science, Technology and Public Management.

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