1 ‘‘U.S. Sued over Stem Cell Research,’’ InfoBeat, 9 March 2001, http://
2 There is one standout in the list of othered entities gleaned from the
metaphors in the InfoBeat report. In the dictionary, ‘‘cull’’ carries connota-
tions of both positive and negative selection: thus its list of meanings includes
‘‘to choose from a number or quantity; to select, pick. Now most frequently
used of making a literary selection,’’ as well as ‘‘any refuse stu√; as, in bak-
eries, rolls not properly baked.’’ The Compact Edition of the Oxford English
Dictionary, vol. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1976), s.v. ‘‘cull.’’
3 Indeed, Latour’s deconstruction of the notion of modernity suggests
that this nature/culture opposition may never have held true. The naturaliza-
tion of technology simply enables us to posit a preexisting nature to our
current culture. What has changed is less the reality of our constructedness as
human beings than our ability to perceive that reality.
4 The hopes for successful therapies for Parkinson’s disease based on in-
jections of fetal cells into the brains of disease su√erers were dashed in March
2001, when the New England Journal of Medicine reported that a controlled
study of the procedure not only failed to demonstrate any benefit but showed
an alarming and steep increase in uncontrolled movements by patients re-
ceiving the treatment. ‘‘In about 15 percent of patients, the cells apparently
grew too well, churning out so much of a chemical that controls movement
that the patients writhed and jerked uncontrollably.’’ Gina Kolata, ‘‘Parkin-
son’s Research Is Set Back by Failure of Fetal Cell Implants,’’ New York Times, 8
March 2001.
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