Book ID: CBB524640115

Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawings as Metaphor (2017)


Squier, Susan Merrill (Author)

Duke University Press

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 280
Language: English

Devised in the 1940s by the biologist C. H. Waddington, the epigenetic landscape is a metaphor for how gene regulation modulates cellular development. As a scientific model, it fell out of use in the late 1960s but returned at the beginning of the twenty-first century with the advent of big-data genomic research because of its utility among scientists across the life sciences to think more creatively about and to discuss genetics. In Epigenetic Landscapes Susan Merrill Squier follows the model’s cultural trail, from its first visualization by the artist John Piper to its use beyond science. Squier examines three cases in which the metaphor has been imaginatively deployed to illustrate complex systems that link scientific and cultural practices: graphic medicine, landscape architecture, and bioArt. Challenging reductive understandings of epigenetics, Squier boldly reclaims the broader significance of the epigenetic landscape as a figure at the nexus of art, design, and science.

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Review Andrew S. Yang (2018) Review of "Epigenetic Landscapes: Drawings as Metaphor". Journal of the History of Biology (pp. 875-877). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Nicoglou, Antonine
Paternain Suberviola, José Luis
Montero i Simó, Miguel Ángel
Romeu Figuerola, Antoni
Cabré Bargalló, Maria
Morrey, Douglas
Biological Theory
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Nuncius: Annali di Storia della Scienza
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Harvard University Press
University of Pittsburgh Press
University of Chicago Press
Duke University Press
Life sciences
Developmental biology
Waddington, Conrad Hal
Mallard, John R.
Lysenko, Trofim Denisovich
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, early
20th century, late
19th century
Great Britain

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