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The Profit of the EarthThe Global Seeds of American Agriculture$
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Courtney Fullilove

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226454863

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226455051.001.0001

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In the Gene Bank

In the Gene Bank

(p.213) Epilogue: In the Gene Bank
The Profit of the Earth

Courtney Fullilove

University of Chicago Press

The epilogue considers genetics as a discipline and methodology that structures our understandings of social and technological change. It argues that while genetics can have a historical orientation, its vocabulary and practice often serve to un-write seeds as objects of culture, insisting instead on the arc of natural selection or the fiat of laboratory manipulation. It considers the implications of the recent sequencing of the wheat genome, questioning underlying imperatives to increase crop yields and the appeals to global salvation used to support them.

Keywords:   global, wheat genome, genetics, biodiversity, anthropocene, genome sequencing, genebank, ICARDA, Syria, fertile crescent

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