By Claire Waterton,Rebecca Ellis,Brian Wynne

DNA Barcoding has been promoted because 2003 as a brand new, quickly, electronic genomics-based technique of deciding upon average species in line with the concept that a small regular fragment of any organism’s genome (a so-called ‘micro-genome’) can faithfully establish and support to categorise each species on this planet. the phobia that species have gotten extinct prior to they've got ever been recognized fuels barcoders, and the rate, scope, financial system and ‘user-friendliness’ claimed for DNA barcoding, as a part of the bigger ferment round the ‘genomics revolution’, has additionally inspired can provide that it could possibly encourage humanity to opposite its biodiversity-destructive habits.


This booklet relies on six years of ethnographic examine on altering practices within the identity and category of average species. trained either via technology and know-how experiences (STS) and the anthropology of technological know-how, the authors examine DNA barcoding within the context of a feeling of difficulty – relating international biodiversity loss, but additionally the felt inadequacy of taxonomic technological know-how to deal with such loss. The authors chart the categorical adjustments that this innovation is propelling within the amassing, organizing, studying, and archiving of organic specimens and biodiversity info. As they achieve this they spotlight the various questions, ambiguities and contradictions that accompany the hunt to create a genomics-based environmental technoscience devoted to biodiversity defense. They ask what it could suggest to realize ambiguity, contradiction, and extra extra publicly as a constitutive a part of this and different genomic technosciences.


Barcoding Nature can be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology of technology, technological know-how and expertise experiences, politics of our environment, genomics and post-genomics, philosophy and historical past of biology, and the anthropology of science.

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