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By Claire Waterton

ISBN-10: 0415554799

ISBN-13: 9780415554794

ISBN-10: 1138807850

ISBN-13: 9781138807853

DNA Barcoding has been promoted because 2003 as a brand new, quick, electronic genomics-based technique of opting for traditional species in line with the concept a small commonplace fragment of any organism?s genome (a so-called ?micro-genome?) can faithfully determine and support to categorise each species on the earth. the terror that species have gotten extinct prior to they've got ever been recognized fuels barcoders, and the rate, scope, economic system and ?user-friendliness? claimed for DNA barcoding, as a part of the bigger ferment round the ?genomics revolution?, has additionally inspired delivers that it will probably motivate humanity to opposite its biodiversity-destructive habits.This booklet relies on six years of ethnographic study on altering practices within the id and type of typical species. proficient either by way of technology and know-how stories (STS) and the anthropology of technology, the authors examine DNA barcoding within the context of a feeling of challenge ? touching on 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 gathering, organizing, examining, and archiving of organic specimens and biodiversity information. As they achieve this they spotlight the numerous questions, ambiguities and contradictions that accompany the hunt to create a genomics-based environmental technoscience devoted to biodiversity security. They ask what it might probably suggest to realize ambiguity, contradiction, and extra extra publicly as a constitutive a part of this and different genomic technosciences.Barcoding Nature should be of curiosity to scholars and students of sociology of technology, technological know-how and expertise reviews, politics of our surroundings, genomics and post-genomics, philosophy and historical past of biology, and the anthropology of science.

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