1. ESRC Genomics Network (archive)
  2. Gengage
  3. The Human Genre Project

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Promising Genomics: Care, Creation and the Impossible Sciences of Gene X Environment Interactions in Asthma

Seminar   09.11.2011






Professor Mike Fortun

Mike Fortun is an associate professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Insititute, Troy, New York, USA.

He is co-editor (with Kim Fortun) of Cultural Anthropology the journal of the society for the Cultural Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association.


Broadcast from New York to both Lancaster and Cardiff Universities.

Event details

This presentation uses recent developments in asthma genomics to elaborate qualities of “care” in genomics today: the love of data, the worry over its creation and analysis, the laborious investment in collective infrastructure, and the cultivation of scientific subjects appropriately anxious about genomic truths.

The care enacted by genomicists tending their excessive databases, articulating new judgments about the outputs of algorithms, and painstakingly cajoling (non-)asthmatics into study cohorts and the ever-emergent experimental systems of ultra-high-throughput genomics – this care promises creation (Isabelle Stengers) of unprecedented (Hans-Jorg Rheinberger) matters and events.

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