By Amade M'Charek
The Human Genome range venture was once an immense debatable learn application bobbing up from the debates surrounding the mapping of the human genome. This publication, in keeping with a close ethnographic research of 2 laboratories thinking about the undertaking, explores concerns touching on standardization, naturalization and variety generated in day by day paintings through scientists and technicians.
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In forensic science, however, the vantage point is quite different. Forensic geneticists are interested in the individual. Their aim is to identify individual A as similar to or different from individual B. Yet I have chosen this very practice as a site for examining population, for in order to know an individual, forensic geneticists also apply a category of population. In order to produce differences (between individuals), geneticists need to presuppose similarities (within a population). I will examine practical decisions about individuality and population, and hence about similarities and differences.
The ethnographic contents of this adjective will be addressed later in the chapter. The Turkish case was closed before I came to Lab F. Yet it continued to be mentioned on various occasions and it became clear to me that the case was important to this laboratory. The material for this chapter is based on many conversations during my training, some of the case material that could be made available to me and interviews I conducted towards the end of the training. Laboratories involved with DNA evidence 25 Laboratory practice Lab F is a predefined environment in terms of protocols, technology, knowledge and space.
Because they become topics of debate, facts that seem hard open up both inside and outside laboratories and show their moulded, fabricated, decided-upon features. Thus controversies disrupt the ordinary, often tedious, get-the-data kind of laboratory work; for controversies in science studies, see Latour (1987); Martin and Richards (1995); Hagendijk (1996). For a variety in approaches towards the Diversity Project, see Joan Fujimura (1998) and Richard 20 Introduction Tutton (1998), focusing on the concept of culture; Corinne Hayden (1998), focusing on kinship and diversity; Donna Haraway (1997a), focusing on purity and contamination; and Jenny Reardon (2001), focusing on the co-construction of a natural and a social order.
The Human Genome Diversity Project: An Ethnography of Scientific Practice by Amade M'Charek