Who are the users of synthetic DNA? Using metaphors to activate microorganisms at the center of synthetic biology

@inproceedings{Szymanski2018WhoAT,
  title={Who are the users of synthetic DNA? Using metaphors to activate microorganisms at the center of synthetic biology},
  author={Erika Amethyst Szymanski},
  booktitle={Life sciences, society and policy},
  year={2018}
}
  • Erika Amethyst Szymanski
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    Life sciences, society and…
    2018
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Synthetic biology, a multidisciplinary field involving designing and building with DNA, often designs and builds in microorganisms. The role of these microorganisms tends to be understood through metaphors making the microbial cell like a machine and emphasizing its passivity: cells are described as platforms, chassis, and computers. Here, I point to the efficacy of such metaphors in enacting the microorganism as a particular kind of (non-)participant in the research process, and I suggest the… CONTINUE READING

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