The proactive historian: Methodological opportunities presented by the new archives documenting genomics.

@article{GarcaSancho2016ThePH,
  title={The proactive historian: Methodological opportunities presented by the new archives documenting genomics.},
  author={M. Garc{\'i}a-Sancho},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2016},
  volume={55},
  pages={
          70-82
        }
}
  • M. García-Sancho
  • Published 2016
  • History, Medicine, Biology
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
In this paper, I propose a strategy for navigating newly available archives in the study of late-twentieth century genomics. I demonstrate that the alleged 'explosion of data' characteristic of genomics-and of contemporary science in general-is not a new problem and that historians of earlier periods have dealt with information overload by relying on the 'perspective of time': the filtering effect the passage of time naturally exerts on both sources and memories. I argue that this reliance on… Expand
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