Thesis ID: CBB965253304

Where No Genome Has Gone Before: Star Trek and Genetic Medicine at the Advent of Gene Therapy (2021)


The development and adoption of gene therapy as a new therapeutic modality represents a fundamentally new approach to treating diseases by directly modifying human genetic material. No longer the speculations of visionary scientists and science fiction authors, gene therapy makes the genetic engineering of humans a reality in the early 21st century. This MLA thesis identifies and describe the ways that the science fiction franchise Star Trek has portrayed the speculative potential of genetic medicine within the context of emerging real-world applications of gene therapies. This analysis illustrates how Star Trek episodes from 1966 through 2005 have anticipated and predicted the potential consequences of gene therapy and provides a framework for understanding and navigating the social and cultural challenges of genetic engineering technologies.

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Authors & Contributors
Gardner, John
Carmen, Ira H.
Sgaramella, Vittorio
Macintosh, Kerry Lynn
Dadi, Iftikhar
Weatherall, D. J.
Science, Technology and Human Values
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Spontaneous Generations
American Literary History
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
University of Wisconsin Press
Cambridge University Press
Inner Traditions
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan
Amsterdam University Press
Science and culture
Popular culture
Human genetics
Technoscience; science and technology studies
Genetic engineering
Science and society
Lehmann, Hermann
Perutz, Max Ferdinand
Gagarin, Iurii Alekseevich
United States
Great Britain
Soviet Union
21st century
20th century, late
20th century

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