Coda
THE PLURIPOTENT DISCOURSE OF STEM CELLS:
LIMINALITY, REFLEXIVITY, AND LITERATURE
When it comes to the ability to control our genetic inheritance,
there is little precedent to serve as guide—just science-fiction
stories.—Ralph Brave, ‘‘Governing the Genome’’
What if the study and crafting of fiction and fact happened
explicitly, instead of covertly, in the same room, and in all rooms?
—Donna Haraway, Modest
Witness@Second Millennium.
FemaleMan
Meets OncoMouse : Feminism and Technoscience
In September 1999, the Alpha congress ‘‘art, Science, and Fiction’’ met
in Copenhagen. ‘‘art’’ stands for assisted reproduction. As we know,
this used to be called ‘‘reproductive technology’’ until ‘‘technology’’
retreated into hiding as the unvoiced last letter of a newly normalized
procedure whose new acronym is, significantly, art. Sponsored by
Alpha, the international society for scientists in reproductive medicine,
this conference brought together more than 250 reproductive biologists
to hear sessions addressing the techniques of art with titles ranging
from ‘‘Selection of Gametes and Embryos,’’ ‘‘Cryobiology,’’ and ‘‘Bio-
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