DNA strands


Medical Translation in the History of Modern Genomics (TRANSGENE) was a research project that explored the development of genomic science across three different species: the baker and brewer’s yeast (S. cerevisiae), the pig (Sus scrofa) and Homo sapiens. Supported by the European Research Council, it mapped different ways of organising the practices of DNA sequencing over time. When we think about genomic science, the success story of the Human Genome Project comes most readily to mind, along with the image of large-scale genome centres producing DNA sequences on an industrial scale. Yet the history of genomics as a field reveals that there were other smaller-scale ways of conducting DNA sequencing and, crucially, connecting the resulting information to medical and agricultural goals.

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