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Academic & Professional Books  Organismal to Molecular Biology  Genetics

Who Wrote the Book of Life A History of Genetic Code

By: Lily E Kay
424 pages, 29 Half-tones
Who Wrote the Book of Life
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  • Who Wrote the Book of Life ISBN: 9780804734172 Paperback Jun 2000 Usually dispatched within 6 days
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About this book

Details the historical process whereby the central biological problem of DNA-based protein synthesis came to be metaphorically represented as an information code and a writing technology, and consequently as a theistically resonant "book of life".

Contents

Preface; Abbreviations; 1. The genetic code: imaginaries and practices; 2. Spaces of specificity: the discourse of molecular biology before the age of information; 3. Production of discourse: cybernetics, information, life; 4. Scriptural technologies: genetic codes in the 1950s; 5. The Pasteur connection: Cybernetique Enzymatique, Gene Informateur, and Messenger RNA; 6. Matter of information: writing genetic codes in the 1960s; 7. In the beginning was the wor(l)d; Conclusion; Notes; Index.

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By: Lily E Kay
424 pages, 29 Half-tones
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'You'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining cast of characters than the 'code-cracking' scientists who populate [this book]. ... A thoroughly rewarding read.' Wired
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