Teratologies

A Cultural Study of Cancer

Author: Jackie Stacey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113618547X

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Stories of cancer are full of monster and marvels; the monstrousness of the disease and the treatments, the marvels of the cures and the saved lives. Still one of the most dreaded diseases to haunt our imaginations, cancer is more than an illness - it is a cultural phenomenon. People who have cancer are bombarded with competing explanations of their conditions: it is genetically inherited; it is environmentally produced; it is the result of their personality. Teratologies - A Cultural Study of Cancer investigates how this disease is perceived, experienced and theorised in contemporary society. It explores changing beliefs about the causes of, and the cures for, cancer in both biomedicine and its increasingly popular alternative counterparts. Analysing conventional and alternative medical accounts, self-help manuals and patients' personal stories, Jackie Stacey takes a critical look at the place of heroes, metaphors, the self and the body in these competing bids to produce the authoritative definition of the meaning of cancer today. Interspersed with these detailed textual investigations are discussions of broader issues such as the feminist debates about the history of science, the place of consumer culture in health practices and the status of patients and of health professionals in postmodern society. Combining authobiographical narratives with contemporary theoretical debates, the author carves out a specifically feminist analysis of the cultural dimensions of cancer. She brings accounts of her own illness under the critical lens of academic scrutiny and situates these personal stories within a discussion of contemporary cultural change.
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Current Topics in Comparative Pathobiology

Author: Thomas C. Cheng

Publisher: Elsevier

ISBN: 1483217388

Category: Science

Page: 294

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Current Topics in Comparative Pathobiology, Volume 1 covers topics on the pathobiology of animals, invertebrate and vertebrate. The book discusses diseases of the insect integument; neoplasia in fish; and the status of paralytic shellfish poisoning. The text also describes small, free-living amebas with regard to its cultivation, quantitation, identification, classification, pathogenesis, and resistance. Pathobiologists, cellular biologists, parasitologists, and microbiologists will find the book invaluable.
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Fossil Behavior Compendium

Author: Arthur J. Boucot,George O. Poinar, Jr.

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1439810591

Category: Nature

Page: 424

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In this complete and thorough update of Arthur Boucot’s seminal work, Evolutionary Paleobiology of Behavior and Coevolution, Boucot is joined by George Poinar, who provides additional expertise and knowledge on protozoans and bacteria as applied to disease. Together, they make the Fossil Behavior Compendium wider in scope, covering all relevant animal and plant groups and all epochs, and providing a detailed review of animal and plant fossil behavior in terrestrial and aquatic environments. Fossil behavior encompasses not only past evidence of the life history of an organism but also behavioral, predation, and symbiotic interactions, including parasitism. This book compares patterns of behavior and coevolution in the past with those of the present-day descendants. It also discusses how to evaluate the rates of evolution of behavior and coevolution at various taxonomic levels. The compendium emphasizes the interactions between fossils and compares these interactions with present-day counterparts. It also provides new discussions on topics related to fossils in amber. Keeping Boucot’s trademark, easy-to-read style, the book includes new findings never published previously, reports not easily accessed, numerous examples, 40 tables, 285 illustrations—some published here for the first time—and a four-page color insert. The book provides a concise account of the evidence for varied disease types recognized to date in the fossil record.
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Pathogenesis of Invertebrate Microbial Diseases

Author: Elizabeth W. Davidson

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Pub Incorporated

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 562

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Section I: Viruses; Section II: Bacteria; Section III: Fungi; Section IV: Resistance.
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The Global Genome

Biotechnology, Politics, and Culture

Author: Eugene Thacker

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262250306

Category: Science

Page: 464

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How global biotechnology is redefining "life itself." In the age of global biotechnology, DNA can exist as biological material in a test tube, as a sequence in a computer database, and as economically valuable information in a patent. In The Global Genome, Eugene Thacker asks us to consider the relationship of these three entities and argues that—by their existence and their interrelationships—they are fundamentally redefining the notion of biological life itself. Biological science and the biotech industry are increasingly organized at a global level, in large part because of the use of the Internet in exchanging biological data. International genome sequencing efforts, genomic databases, the development of World Intellectual Property policies, and the "borderless" business of biotech are all evidence of the global intersections of biology and informatics—of genetic codes and computer codes. Thacker points out the internal tension in the very concept of biotechnology: the products are more "tech" than "bio," but the technology itself is fully biological, composed of the biomaterial labor of genes, proteins, cells, and tissues. Is biotechnology a technology at all, he asks, or is it a notion of "life itself" that is inseparable from its use in the biotech industry? The three sections of the book cover the three primary activities of biotechnology today: the encoding of biological materials into digital form—as in bioinformatics and genomics; its recoding in various ways—including the "biocolonialism" of mapping genetically isolated ethnic populations and the newly pervasive concern over "biological security"; and its decoding back into biological materiality—as in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. Thacker moves easily from science to philosophy to political economics, enlivening his account with ideas from such thinkers as Georges Bataille, Georges Canguilhem, Michel Foucault, Antonio Negri, and Paul Virilio. The "global genome," says Thacker, makes it impossible to consider biotechnology without the context of globalism.
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The Entomologist

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Entomology

Page: N.A

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Proceedings

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Psychopharmacology

Page: 109

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Blumea

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Botany

Page: N.A

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Daniel Canogar

zero gravity

Author: Daniel Canogar,Jesús González Reguena,Sally Jane Norman,Catalonia (Spain). Departament de Cultura,Centre d'Art Santa Mònica (Barcelona, Spain)

Publisher: Actar-D

ISBN: N.A

Category: Art

Page: 80

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Daniel Canogar's photographs and photographic installations have long dwelt on issues of immersion and realism, of corporeal images and sensations, of light instrumentalized to reveal figments and traces of visual matter. His consistent use of photography undermines and transcends simple questions of photographic realism through play and variable scales, obsessive pseudo-repetition, and disconcerting projection procedures and surfaces. The Zero Gravity opus contains Departure, a forest of manipulable fiber optic cables that obliges spectators to blaze their own image trails; Pulse of Darkness projects an endless wall-to-wall loop of photographed bones; and Leap of Faith adopts a panoramic cylindrical structure as an ethereal white surface charged with dozens of floating bodies.
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Disease in a minor chord

being a semihistorical and semibiographical account of a period in science when one could be happily yet seriously concerned with the diseases of lowly animals without backbones, especially the insects

Author: Edward Arthur Steinhaus

Publisher: Ohio State Univ Pr

ISBN: N.A

Category: Science

Page: 488

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Biosystematic Study of the Spiranthes Cernua Complex

Author: Charles J. Sheviak

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Botany

Page: 73

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Taxonomic review. Synopsis of characters. Cytology. Guard cell measurements. Apomixis. Teratologies. Pollination biology and hybridization. Ecology. Discussion. Taxonomic treatment.
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