Fellow Presentations

Synthetic: How Life Got Made

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Part of the 2013–2014 Fellows Presentation Series


During the fellowship year, Sophia Roosth is completing her first book, an ethnographic account of synthetic biology titled “Synthetic: How Life Got Made.” In this work, Roosth asks what happens to “life” as a conceptual category when experimentation and fabrication converge. Grounded in an ethnographic study of synthetic biologists, she documents the social, cultural, rhetorical, taxonomic, economic, and imaginative transformations biology has undergone in the post-genomic age.