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So much for genes

Adrian Woolfson: The Century of the Gene by Evelyn FoxKeller

8 March 2001
The Century of the Gene 
by Evelyn FoxKeller.
Harvard, 186 pp., £15.95, October 2000, 0 674 00372 1
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... worm Caenorhabditis elegans and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. In The Century of the Gene, Evelyn FoxKeller states early on that her aim is to explore the impact the human genome project (which encompasses the sequencing of genomes other than the human) has had on both biological thought and practice. It is ...

McClintock

Nicholas Wade

20 September 1984
A Feeling for the Organism: The Life and Work of Barbara McClintock 
by Evelyn FoxKeller.
Freeman, 235 pp., £13.95, July 1984, 0 7167 1433 7
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A Slot Machine, A Broken Test Tube 
by S.E. Luria.
Harper and Row, 229 pp., £12.50, May 1984, 0 06 015260 5
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... under review illustrate the rewards of working both against and in synchrony with the machine. Evelyn Keller’s A Feeling for the Organism is a biography of the American plant geneticist Barbara McClintock. Studying the inheritance of maize by conventional plant-breeding methods, McClintock figured out two major genetic mechanisms years before other ...

Almost Zero

Ian Hacking: Ideas of Nature

10 May 2007
The Veil of Isis: An Essay on the History of the Idea of Nature 
by Pierre Hadot, translated by Michael Chase.
Harvard, 399 pp., £19.95, November 2006, 0 674 02316 1
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... of Plants has an extraordinary ‘feeling for the organism’ – a phrase I take from Evelyn FoxKeller’s study of Barbara McClintock, a stand-alone plant geneticist who thought in terms of organisms as collaborative wholes at a time when everyone else saw them as masterminded by genetic codes, and who ...

Ghosting

Andrew O’Hagan: Julian Assange

6 March 2014
... His relationship with the New York Times was every bit as toxic. He believed its editor, Bill Keller, was determined to treat him as a ‘source’ rather than a collaborator – which was true – and that Keller wanted to hang him out to dry, which was not true. Keller wrote a long ...

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