Department of History of Science and Ideas

Nathaniel Comfort: "Toward a Biography of DNA"

  • Date: 5/10/2016 at 1:15 PM 3:00 PM
  • Location: Engelska parken - The Rausing Room
  • Organiser: Department of History of Science and Ideas
  • Contact person: Solveig Jülich
  • Seminarium

The History of Medicine Seminar

Poster

Nathaniel Comfort, Johns Hopkins University: "Toward a Biography of DNA"
 

Presentation
In this talk, professor Comfort, using "biography" in both the conventional sense and borrowing from the anthropologist's metaphorical sense of the "life" of  an object, is discussing four stages in the life of  DNA. He is framing the molecule in terms of  scientific and cultural history: DNA as a natural, scientific, cultural, and artificial or synthetic object. A successful biography of DNA will explain how DNA became "DNA", a molecule constructed by scientists and the public.