By Bonnie B. Spanier

... this is often a good e-book. heavily argued and obviously written, it bargains spectacular insights into the alchemy through which ideology will get transmuted into medical truth. —Women and Health"... an important contribution for these situated on the nexus of rhetoric, feminism, and science....richly targeted research that demonstrates how ideological underpinnings form either the development of technological know-how and a self-discipline that says to carry solutions to the mysteries of life." —Quarterly magazine of Speech"As a molecular biologist and women's reports director, Spanier's services and expertise of those fields converge in her an expert dialogue of the formal representations of molecular biology and their inherent gender ideology." —Choice"Spanier's critique brings the strengths of feminist technology conception to the center of latest technology. Spanier speaks to usual scientists and to feminist students as a scientist." —Sandra Harding"... an eye-opening intrduction to the way in which philosophical perspectives impact biology. Physicians may still sit up straight and take specified become aware of of Spanier's paintings. If damaging, unexamined social assumptions penetrate the center of biology, it's uncertain that the remainder of biology is untouched through them." —Journal of the yank clinical AssociationExploring the discourse of scientists and scientist-educators, Spanier illuminates distortions and implicit values: from male-female stereotypes imposed onto micro organism to singling out one molecule, DNA, because the controlling molecule of lifestyles. Defining molecular biology as molecular genetics may end up in a slender method of the idea that of existence and to the examine of ailments equivalent to melanoma. She demands a rethinking of technological know-how within the social, monetary, and political contexts during which it's enmeshed.

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Never actually expecting to get the grant, I proposed to interview three women scientists about their work and to write about their science in their own words, making women scientists visible and making science interesting to a wider public. I also planned to take courses in the history of science, a specialty at Harvard. Page xiv I was motivated by my respect for and curiosity about Jane Oppenheimer. Knowing that she had received her doctorate from Yale and had spent sabbaticals at Johns Hopkins, I wondered why she had stayed at Bryn Mawr, where the teaching load was much greater and the resources and prestige much less than that at research universities.

Power at a Price 97 UNIFYING PRINCIPLES Part III: Science and Society in Molecular Biology 8. Molecular Biology 121 DISINTERESTED SCIENCE? Conclusion:Strengthening the Bridge 146 Appendix A. Fields of Graduate Study in Biology 153 Appendix B. Field Definitions from Peterson's Guide 155 Appendix C. Fields and Techniques 159 Notes 161 Index 205 Page xi PREFACE How I Came to This Study Scanning the science section in the University at Albany's bookstore a few years back, I pulled from the shelf an attractive new molecular biology textbook entitled Molecular Cell Biology.

However, as she did not teach history of science courses at Bryn Mawr when I was there, I gained only a limited perspective on historical studies of science. During the period of my college years (1963-67), molecular biology was the Page xiii rage, but the requirements for the biology major at Bryn Mawr continued to emphasize a classical approach to biology: intensive study of invertebrate as well as vertebrate physiology, classification of organisms, embryology, and traditional biochemistry. As a consequence, I developed an appreciation for the diversity of living beings as well as of macromolecules.

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