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Icons of Life : a Cultural History of Human Embryos.

Author: Lynn Morgan
Publisher: CA : University of California Press, 2009.
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Icons of Life tells the engrossing and provocative story of an early twentieth-century undertaking, the Carnegie Institution of Washington's project to collect thousands of embryos for scientific study. Lynn M. Morgan blends social analysis, sleuthing, and humor to trace the history of specimen collecting. In the process, she illuminates how a hundred-year-old scientific endeavor continues to be felt in today's  Read more...
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Morgan, Lynn.
Icons of Life : A Cultural History of Human Embryos.
CA : University of California Press, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lynn Morgan
ISBN: 9780520944725 0520944720 9780520260443 0520260449 9780520260436 0520260430 1282359924 9781282359925
OCLC Number: 773564878
Description: 1 online resource (329 pages)
Contents: Cover; Contents; Illustrations; Preface; 1 / A Skeleton in the Closet and Fetuses in the Basement; 2 / Embryo Visions; 3 / Building a Collection; 4 / Inside the Embryo Production Factory; 5 / Traffic in "Embryo Babies"; 6 / Embryo Tales; 7 / From Dead Embryos to Icons of Life; 8 / The Demise of the Mount Holyoke Collection; Notes; References; Index.

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Tells the story of an early 20th-century undertaking, the Carnegie Institution of Washington's project to collect embryos for scientific study. This work explains how dead specimens paradoxically  Read more...

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