Genetics is today engaged in practices of identity formation, in philanthropy and socioeconomic development projects, as corroborating evidence in civil litigation and historical debates, and elsewhere. Thus, although the therapeutic utility of the genome may be arguable, the social life of DNA is unmistakable: the double helix now lies at the center of some of the most significant issues of our time.
Designed by Wallace K. Harrison in 1964 at the invitation of J. Robert Oppenheimer, the library is central to humanities studies at IAS and today holds over 125,000 volumes, plus rare books collections, journals, and archives.
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By the 1970s, genes were cloned and isolated and the sequences of the nucleotides revealed the proteins that they made, which could then be expressed and produced in bacteria. […] A common question was “What does one learn from all this reductionism without the organism?”
With a written history that stretches over more than 7,000 years, Iran constitutes one of the most variegated and richest cultures of the region, if not the world. In this panel discussion, scholars and lawyers will discuss its history and cultural heritage beyond political considerations.
In March 1882, Iran’s newspaper readers encountered an unprecedented editorial appeal: “You, the learned of the country, who consider yourselves devoted to the progress of the country and the nation: why have you chosen to take on a seal of silence” Why did a state-sponsored newspaper like Ettela` suddenly see it as necessary to engage a readership, and why was this important?