Frankenstein's footsteps : science, genetics and popular culture /
Jon Turney.
New Haven : Yale University Press, 1998.
ix, 276 p. [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
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New Haven : Yale University Press, 1998.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-270) and index.
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This book is a combination of history, biology, and genetics, literary and film criticism, and bioethics debate. A senior lecturer in science communication in the department of science and technology studies at University College London, Turney has many interesting things to say about how biological science is communicated to the public, how the story of Frankenstein has conjured up in popular culture certain images of science and scientists, and how those images have changed over time. That we can learn something from how sf and film influence public perceptions of science is a very good notion and an important one to consider, especially in light of recent experiments on monkey head transplants and sheep cloning. Unfortunately, Turney's academic prose style makes his book difficult to read, but it would still be a useful addition to a history or science communication collection.‘Margaret Henderson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Libs., NY
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Table of Contents
Introductionp. 1
Mary Shelley's Creationp. 13
Hideous Progeny: Frankenstein Retoldp. 26
As Remorseless as Nature: the Rise of Experimental Biologyp. 43
Creating Life in the Laboratoryp. 64
Into the Brave New Worldp. 91
Time-bombing Our Descendantsp. 121
Priming the Biological Time Bombp. 135
The Baby of the Centuryp. 160
The Gene Wars: Regulating Recombinant DNAp. 188
Conclusion: The Human Body Shopp. 200
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 249
Illustration Creditsp. 271
Indexp. 272
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