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The Material Gene: Gender, Race, and Heredity after the Human Genome Project

Kelly E. Happe


In 2000, the National Human Genome Research Institute announced the completion of a “draft” of the human genome, the sequence information of nearly all 3 billion base pairs of DNA. Since then, interest in the hereditary basis of disease has increased considerably. This book considers the broad implications of this development by treating “heredity” as both a scientific and political concept. Beginning with the argument that eugenics was an ideological project that recast the problems of industrialization as pathologies of gender, race, and class, the book traces the legacy of this ideology in ... More

Keywords: National Human Genome Research Institute, DNA, hereditary disease, eugenics, genomics, genes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814790670
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814790670.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly E. Happe, author