Case Studies: Biology

The chapters in the Biology part focus on two themes that initially seem quite abstract: time and space. However, these chapters document the very concrete ways in which particular modes of time and space structure biological research and biocommerce.

The first chapter -- "Nexia's Spider Goats: Space in the Lab" -- examines genetic hybridity by focusing on the heavily-publicized case of Nexia Technology's "spider-goats" (goats that contain genetic material from silk spiders). This case study allows us to consider many of the ways in which biologists use labs to "fold" space.

The second chapter -- "Freezing Time: Time in the Lab" -- begins with a discussion of ways in which biologists use temperature in order to control biological processes. This serves as starting point for understanding the laboratory as a place in which many different kinds of temporality are coordinated.