English 165LB: Literature & Biotechnology (W11)

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Links

Bioart
Ben Fry, Aligning Humans and Mammals
Turning Geek into Chic” (NY Times article on GenSpace, a DIYbio lab)
Bioteknica (360 Vision documentary; Jason Knight and Jennifer Willet)

Biometrics & biomanagement
– “DNA Swab for Your Job” (Inside Higher Ed; Oct 29, 2009)
– Declan McCullagh, “Want A Job In Akron? Hand Over Your DNA” (CBS; Oct 28, 2009)
– Osagie K. Obasogie, “The Dangers of Growing DNA Databases” (LA Times; April 9, 2010)
– “Can Genes Be Patented? Ruling Reignites Debate” (PBS; April 2010)

Cloning
This American Life: Reality Check (March 2007)
– “Research Breakthrough: Human Clones May Be Genetically Viable” (Wired; 2009)
– Bryan Caplan’s cloning confession (responses: “Raising Yourself, Via Cloning” and “Cloning Thoughts

Experimentation
– “U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments” (October 2010)
– “‘Printing Out’ New Ears and Skin” (BBC; February 2011)
– “Guatemalans threaten to sue US over sex infection tests” (BBC; March 2011)

Tissue Economies
– Nancy Scheper-Hughes, The Global Traffic in Human Organs: A Report Presented to the  House Subcommittee on International Operations and Human Rights, United States Congress on June 27, 2001
– “Organ Trafficking is No Myth” (Newsweek; January 2009)
– “Is this the end of gene patenting?” (March 30, 2010)
Body Snatchers of New York (MSNBC documentary; 2010)
– Overview of Henrietta Lacks case (ABC)
– “In bombshell, DOJ reverses stance on gene patents” (FierceBiotech; November 2010)
– “Inside the Business of Selling Human Body Parts” (Wired; February 2011)

Synthetic Life
Waiting for Synthia: Is this the year we create life? (NewScientist; December 2009)
Researchers Say They Created a ‘Synthetic Cell’ (New York Times; May 2010)

Resources
Human Biotechnology in Art and Culture: A List
– Some of you may be interested in the “conference debates” section of a recent issue of PMLA (May 2009). The topic of the month was “Biocultures: An Emerging Paradigm” (available online through a campus network or with a proxy server).

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