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Neck of the woods: Microbes, memory, and resistance (2022)


Horizontal Gene Transfer (HGT) is a key mechanism allowing bacteria to enact genetic changes in response to shifting environmental conditions. The swift lateral movement of genes makes possible antibiotic resistance, which is an increasing medical and ultimately cultural problem. There is evidence that HGT also takes place between species. Bacterial DNA appears in the human mitochondrial genome of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) samples. Responding to a recent diagnosis of AML, this creative piece imagines a literary form of HGT. Adjacency is intrinsic to the conceptual and formal concerns of the text. Moving back and forth between essay and poem, between the personal and the planetary, between the real and the imagined, and between the right and left margins of the page, this piece unfolds beside itself, exploring the lateral movement of memory and family history through concerns with antibiotic resistance, illness, writing, and science. While there are no embedded citations or footnotes, a glossary of terms (Appendix 1) follows the main text, and a brief bibliographic essay (Appendix 2) at the end identifies cited sources that correspond to a list of references.

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Authors & Contributors
Creager, Angela N. H.
Darling, Katherine Weatherford
Gall, Yasha M.
Hopwood, David A.
Konashev, Mikhail B.
Morgan, Gregory J.
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Science, Technology, and Human Values
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Oxford University Press
Simon & Schuster
Stanford University Press
University of California, Davis
Microbiome; microbiota
Multispecies studies; interspecies studies
Darwin, Charles Robert
Dickens, Charles
Haggard, Henry Rider
Imanishi, Kinji
James, Henry
Kipling, Rudyard
Time Periods
20th century
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century, early
Soviet Union
United States
United States. National Institutes of Health. Office of Alternative Medicine
International Committee on the Taxonomy of Viruses

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