Gene as a Cultural Icon
Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
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How to Cite
Nelkin, D. 2006. Gene as a Cultural Icon. eLS.
- Published Online: 15 SEP 2006
The gene has assumed a cultural meaning that is independent of its biological definition becoming a source of personal identity, a determinant of behavior and personality, and a basis of social stereotypes. This cultural construct of genetic essentialism has serious social policy implications.
Keywords: determinism; genetic essentialism; personhood; media; social policy