BOOK REVIEW Fungible Life: Experiment in the Asian Genome project. If, as Liu says, “the City of Life. Aihwah Ong, Durham: Duke Biopolis is about making DNA fungible” University Press, 2016, 312 pp. (p. 14), then DNA information gathered in Singapore becomes, like an asset on the Frederic Keck stock market, interchangeable and CNRS, Laboratoire d’anthropologie sociale transferable to produce equitable value. Liu was particularly supportive of a 2009 Aiwah Ong’s Fungible Life replies to a report on genetic diversity showing that difficult question for social and cultural all Asian populations came out of a “single anthropology: what is an “Asian” form of migratory wave” from Africa (p. 157), and science? Ong follows the answers given to Ong comments that his goal was “the this question by biologists who work in formation of a scientific infrastructure that Singapore at a place called “Biopolis,” a mimics and doubles the ‘Asia’ projected by hub for scientific research that presents the genetic mapping” (p. 168). itself as “the Asian City of Life.” After Ong compares the situation of Singapore distinguished works on the to that of Iceland, which has been transformations of citizenship in southeast described by Gissli Palson and Paul Asia,
Medical Anthropology Quarterly – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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