The Human Genome Project

The Human Genome Project was a successful 13-year long research project that aimed primarily to: “identify all the approximately 20,000-25,000 genes in human DNA” (Human Genome Project). The project is the most literal illustration of how we are using modern technologies to literally map out our bodies. Like the x-ray, this technology demonstrates the materiality of our own bodies, by mapping its specific genes and DNA. Thus, the project gives a materiality to parts of ourselves (our personality, our thoughts, our behaviors) that were once believed to be immaterial.

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