Monday, July 27, 2009

[Yasmin_announcements] Human Genre Project

Biology is, of course, creative. Without a little non-linear thinking
to dream up new conceptual approaches and methodologies, some of the
best experiments ever conducted would have never left the drawing
board. But when it comes to communicating scientific results -- even
stunning, revolutionary ones -- the literature can be drier than chalk

Image: Wikimedia commons,
George Gastin
A new project sponsored by The Economic and Social Research Council
(ESRC) -- a UK-based organization for research and training in social
and economic issues -- aims to change that. Comprised of contributions
from writers, scientists, and others around the world, The Human Genre
Project seeks to spread the word about human genomics through short
stories, reflections and poems.

The mapping of the human genome is "one of the great landmarks of
recent science," says Adam Roberts, a science fiction writer,
professor of 19th century literature at Royal Holloway, University of
London, and contributor to the project. "This [project] is another
form of mapping [the same genome in a more] creative way."
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