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Imaging the Super-Female: Women, Gender and Handbooks in the History of a Genetic Term (2017)


The concept super-female initially appeared in genetic studies of the common fruit fly, Drosophila, during the 1920s, and in early medical cytogenetic research in 1959. In this paper, I present a genealogy of this gendered term and analyse the influence of the genetic concepts formulated by drosophilists on the construction of what would come to be known as medical human cytogenetics. While retrieving the participation of woman geneticists, the historical trajectory of this word and its meaning will be traced through the early cytogenetics of sex determination.

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Authors & Contributors
Harman, Oren
Deichmann, Ute
Amanda Nabors
Diana Roldan Rueda
Sarah Bartel
Vogt, Annette B.
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
British Journal for the History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences
W.H. Freeman/Spektrum
Terminology and nomenclature
Weismann, August
Darlington, Cyril Dean
Auerbach, Charlotte
Rheinberger, Hans-Jörg
Dobzhansky, Theodosius
Wilson, Edmund Beecher
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
21st century
20th century, late
United States
Great Britain
Institute for Heredity Research
University of Sydney

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