This book has been made possible by a number of teachers, in the university
and in the field. Each one has had something special to contribute toward my
learning. I wish to thank Michael Fischer for sharing his deep and profound
scholarship; Joe Dumit for teaching me how to read; Sheila Jasano√ for pass-
ing on to me her deep ethical commitments about writing and intervention in
multiple communities of practice (and, related to that, her important lectures
to me on lucidity, not always heeded!); and Donna Haraway for her con-
tagious energy and for pushing me to always think beyond boundaries. Learn-
ing from them individually and collectively has been a privilege.
No ethnographic work is possible without the informants who make it so.
There are many who let me into their lifeworlds, in spite of the huge intrusion
my work represented to their time. Many of these people live in worlds where
information is guarded with almost paranoid zeal, which makes me even more
thankful for the access they gave me. While there are many people who taught
me about the worlds of the life sciences and capital, a few deserve special
thanks. Mark Boguski made this project possible in the first place, both with
his encouragement and by enabling me to attend the Cold Spring Harbor
Genome Sequencing and Analysis meetings in 1999, giving me my first initia-
tion into the worlds of genome scientists. At GeneEd, I was made to feel
welcome not only as an observer but also as a friend. I wish to thank everyone
there, especially Sunil Maulik, Salil Patel, Paul Eisele, and Mai Grant. At the
Centre for Biochemical Technology, Samir Brahmachari and Manjari Mahajan
were extremely generous with their time and insights. Thanks also to D. Bala-
Previous Page Next Page