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A web site devoted to novels and films that confront the social, ethical, and cultural implications of genetics. 


Ship Fever (1996)
By Andrea Barrett

Ship Fever is a National Book Award winning collection of short fiction in which the lives of prominent scientists – Darwin, Linnaeus, Mendel, Wallace – become counterpoints to both their scientific advancements and contemporary individuals whose lives they have inadvertently affected. The stories shift between the lessons of the past and the difficulties of the present, each illustrating the interconnectedness of the personal and professional lives of scientists.

The following stories are discussed elsewhere on this web site:

• “The Behavior of Hawkweeds” – A contemporary geneticist and his neglected wife each find similarities between their personal shortcomings and Mendel’s failure with the hawkweeds...

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