By Claire Waterton,Rebecca Ellis,Brian Wynne

DNA Barcoding has been promoted considering the fact that 2003 as a brand new, quickly, electronic genomics-based technique of deciding upon ordinary species according to the concept a small ordinary fragment of any organism’s genome (a so-called ‘micro-genome’) can faithfully determine and support to categorise each species on this planet. the terror that species have gotten extinct ahead of they've got ever been recognized fuels barcoders, and the rate, scope, economic climate and ‘user-friendliness’ claimed for DNA barcoding, as a part of the bigger ferment round the ‘genomics revolution’, has additionally inspired grants that it will probably encourage humanity to opposite its biodiversity-destructive habits.


This ebook is predicated on six years of ethnographic learn on altering practices within the identity and class of traditional species. proficient either via technological know-how and know-how reviews (STS) and the anthropology of technology, the authors examine DNA barcoding within the context of a feeling of trouble – pertaining to international biodiversity loss, but in addition the felt inadequacy of taxonomic technology to handle such loss. The authors chart the explicit adjustments that this innovation is propelling within the amassing, organizing, studying, and archiving of organic specimens and biodiversity information. As they accomplish that 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 will possibly suggest to know ambiguity, contradiction, and extra extra publicly as a constitutive a part of this and different genomic technosciences.


Barcoding Nature could be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology of technology, technological know-how and know-how stories, politics of our surroundings, genomics and post-genomics, philosophy and background of biology, and the anthropology of science.

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