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Ancient DNA The Making of a Celebrity Science

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By: Elizabeth D Jones(Author)
288 pages, 3 b/w illustrations
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  • Ancient DNA ISBN: 9780300240122 Hardback Feb 2022 Available for pre-order : Due Feb 2022
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The untold story of the rise of a new scientific field, ancient DNA research, and how Jurassic Park and popular media influenced its development

Ancient DNA research – the recovery of genetic material from ancient and extinct organisms – is a discipline that developed from science fiction into reality between the 1980s and today. Drawing on historical and archival material, as well as original interviews with more than fifty scientists worldwide, Elizabeth Jones explores the field's formation and explains its relationship with the media by examining its close connection to de-extinction, the science and technology of resurrecting extinct species. She reveals how the search for DNA from fossils flourished under the influence of intense press and public interest, particularly as this new line of research coincided with the book and movie Jurassic Park. This book presents the first historical and sociological account of the search for DNA from ancient and extinct organisms with attention to the intimate interplay between science and celebrity.

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Elizabeth Jones is a historian of science and postdoctoral research scholar at North Carolina State University. She lives in Cary, NC.

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"A fascinating narrative history of ancient DNA [...] Elizabeth Jones's insightful arguments and riveting storytelling make this book a pleasure to read."
– Caitlin D. Wylie, author of Preparing Dinosaurs: The Work behind the Scenes

"Groundbreaking. This book not only explains in careful and clear detail the gradual development of ancient DNA techniques, together with the successes, but also interweaves skillfully the story of how the movie Jurassic Park influenced the science. If you read but one book this year on the making of science, it should be this one."
– Michael Ruse, author of Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution

"Ancient DNA fills a major gap in the history of a relatively new science, and in the intersection of modern culture and science communication and practice. I expect it will become very influential and likely will attract the same kind of media attention that its subject generates."
– Dennis O'Rourke, Foundation Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, University of Kansas

"Elizabeth Jones's original contribution to science communication studies richly conceptualizes a novel type of scientific field – a "celebrity science," one that evolved within the dynamics of publicity, journalism, and popular culture."
– Declan Fahy, author of The New Celebrity Scientists: Out of the Lab and Into the Limelight

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