2015-05Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/19377
Epigenetics: Localizing biology through co-laboration
This paper reports on a co-laborative laboratory ethnography in a molecular biology laboratory conducting research on environmental epigenetics. It focuses on a single study concerned with the material implications of social differentiation. The analysis briefly raises biopolitical concerns. Its main concern lies with an understanding of the human body as local in its working infrastructure or "inner laboratory", an understanding that emerges from the co-laborative inquiry between biologists and anthropologist. This co-laborative mode of inquiry raises productive tensions within biology as to the universal or local nature of human nature and within anthropology as to the status of human biology within social theory. The paper cannot resolve this tension. Rather it explores it as an epistemic object in the context of interdisciplinarity, ontography and co-laboration. In concluding, it specifies co-laboration as temporary, non-teleological joint epistemic work aimed at producing new kinds of reflexivity.
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Published first as (erstmalig folgendermaßen erschienen): Jörg Niewöhner: “Epigenetics: Localizing biology through co-laboration”. In: New Genetics and Society 34.2 (2015), pages 219–242. DOI: 10.1080/14636778.2015.1036154