The DNA Mystique suggests that the gene in popular culture draws on scientific ideas but is not constrained by the technical definition of the gene as a section of DNA that codes for a protein. In highlighting DNA as it appears in soap operas, comic books, advertising, and other expressions of mass culture, the authors propose that these domains provide critical insights into science itself. With a new introduction and conclusion, this new edition will continue to be an engaging, accessible, and provocative text for the sociology, anthropology, and bioethics classroom, as well as stimulating reading for those generally interested in science and culture.
"This book represents an impressive feat of data collection, drawing as it does on a vast range of sources, including newspapers, legal cases, comics, novels, films, soap operas, the Internet and women's magazines. It certainly provides for an enjoyable reading, with its extensive and often humorous examples."
—Rachel Casiday, Journal of Biosocial Science