Miguel López Paleta at the Biological Interest Group – Monday 9th November, 1-2pm, Byrne House

Dear all,

You are invited to the next meeting of the Biological Interest Group. It will take place this coming Monday 9th of November. It will be held in the seminar room at Byrne House, from 1-2pm. Participants can bring lunch and drinks if they wish.

Next week we are very pleased to receive the visit of Miguel López Paleta, visiting from Mexico City, Mexico. We will be discussing the attached paper ‘Gallus Gallus genome’. Miguel kindly provided us with an abstract of his paper, and with more information on how we can help.

Abstract: “This text is part of my on-going project on Gallus gallus (chicken) standardisation, in which I am discussing the HPS literature on model organisms and the STS literature on standards through the case study of the use of chicken in biology. My thesis is divided in three overlapping “moments” in the standardisation of this bird: (1) the standardisation of chicken fancy and commercial breeds at the beginning of the 20th century, (2) the creation of specific-pathogen-free birds during the 1950-1960s, and (3) the chicken genome sequencing project. These moments gave rise to different materially standardised birds, that are nonetheless related, as the traits of the previously developed ones are important to create new standards of Gallus gallus. In addition, a distinctive trait of chicken standardisation is that it has been conducted by a two-fold (and internally diverse) community involving agricultural researchers and “basic” science ones. This is contrasting with other model organisms’ cases. The text I am attaching is a draft of my thesis’ third chapter, which is focused on the chicken genome sequencing. Up to this point, I am particularly interested on the varieties of Gallus gallus used to obtain genetic tools important for developing the draft sequence and this sequence itself. The core of the text is mostly historical, but I have already included some ideas I want to discuss further at the beginning and in the last sections of the paper.”

Help: “Any advice on how to improve the chapter, or suggestions and critiques about the ideas presented in it are more than welcome; as well as any comment about how to develop the historical/philosophical/STS discussions suggested in my overall project.”

Please contact Thomas Bonnin (tb391 [at] exeter.ac.uk) if you wish to join the group or for any other information.for any other information.


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