HRS177|Spring2012

Different Perspectives on Living Longer & Looking Good

This afternoon, I visited Kathy Brew’s “Going Gray” installation at the 10th Annual ISG Symposium.  It was a very neat exhibit with a variety of mediums ranging from popular magazines, ads from the mid-1900s, a song book, a Google image screenshot, boxes of hair dye, demeaning words on a wall, and a video with interviews from six medical specialists. The common theme was the topic of “graying” and how people (especially women) use certain measures to hide signs of aging.

Biotech+Art, Blog Wk 6

 

There is a lot of talk (especially in the article by Levy) about where to draw the line between "natural" and "artificial." I think that it is totally subjective to each person. In this blog I'm going to talk about gene patents, since I believe it is necessary to understand this when considering original works of organic art. Please forgive me if I exceed the word limit:

Transhumanism

My boyfriend has always told me that one day robots will take over since humans are so dependent on technology. The concept of transhumanism really reminded me of the idea of cloning. As I was researching, I discovered that there's a difference between artificial cloning, what we often think of when we hear "cloning", and natural cloning. According to National Human Genome Research Institute, "in nature, some plants and single-celled organisms, such as bacteria, produce genetically identical offspring through a process called asexual reproduction.

Transhumanism Week 5

There was a bit of discussion on Transhumanism this week, and it seems very fitting to talk about such a topic in a class about biotechnology and art. We are on the way to advancing technologies to the point where they will definitely change human lifestyle, and although there may be controversy surrounding transhumanism, my personal opinon is that we will eventually integrate it into society, whether it is sooner or later.

Luke Medicine and Anatomy wk 5

 

I am not sure if we are supposed to blog about anything this week due to the midterms, but I did not really talk about medicine last week and will do so now.

I think that depicting the human body is the area where biotechnology and art are the most clearly related.  Art is absolutely essential for visualization of anatomy.  A complete understanding of anatomy is also essential for medicine and helpful for other purposes such as fitness.

Evolving Evolution

 

This week's focus on genetic engineering and transhumanism is one of the more dynamic biotech+art topics that we've explored thus far. As a "Society and Genetics" minor, I've taken a few genetics-based classes before--some geared more towards biology, but others geared towards the applications of genetics and the future of the science--which seem to apply heavily this week. 

Transhumanism Week 6

This week’s topic, Genetic Engineering and Transhumanism, brought about some extremely foreign ideas to me.  I was very intrigued by the story of Henrietta Lacks.  I remember hearing about the book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, from a literary standpoint, since my roommate was reading it for an African-American Literature class.  I find it very degrading that scientists have shortened her cells’ name to just “HeLa,” since this ascription gives her cells a non-human, ambiguous name that forgets her personhood.  The poor bioethics

Week 4

Artist Noa Kaplan’s dietary lifestyle is in concert with her artwork. Her vegan diet translates to her exploration of coffee beans, honey and pollen.

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