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
The History of Medicine Seminar
Nathaniel Comfort, Johns Hopkins University: "Toward a Biography of DNA"
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.