Posted on January 15, 2021 in
THE MUTANT PROJECT by Eben Kirksey was featured in The Wall Street Journal article “’Mutant’: An Altered Version—Whether the Coronavirus, Genes or X-Men.” Ben Zimmer writes: “In his new book THE MUTANT PROJECT, the cultural anthropologist Eben Kirksey observes how pop-cultural mutants fuel our understanding of genetic mutation as a source of monstrous possibilities. But even as gene-editing technology raises the potential of human-engineered mutations, Mr. Kirksey notes that everyone is naturally born with some genetic mutations not found in their parents. And we accumulate thousands more mutations over our lifetimes thanks to errors made when DNA is copied during cell division, or when cells are damaged. ‘Strictly speaking,’ he writes, ‘we are all mutants.’” St. Martin’s Press published the book on November 10, 2020.
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