Thesis ID: CBB965253304

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


Trainque, Jarrod (Author)
Weidman, Nadine M. (Advisor)

Harvard University
Weidman, Nadine M.
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 128

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
Hogan, Andrew J.
Augustine, Dolores L.
Buchbinder, Mara
Carmen, Ira H.
Charnley, Berris
Clayton, Jay
American Literary History
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Endeavour: Review of the Progress of Science
History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Science as Culture
Cambridge University Press
Berghahn Books
New York University Press
Palgrave Macmillan
St. Martin's Press
Human genetics
Genetic engineering
Medical genetics
Popular culture
Science and culture
Science and technology studies (STS)
Lehmann, Hermann
Perutz, Max Ferdinand
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Puerto Rico
Edinburgh (Scotland)
Harvard University
Human Genome Project
Asilomar Conference on Recombinant DNA Molecules (1975)
Science for the People (SftP)

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