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Technical objects in the biological century

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/2012
<mark>Journal</mark>Zeitschrift für Medien und Kulturforschung
Issue number1
Number of pages18
Pages (from-to)151-168
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


How does a computer operating system such as Linux differ from a microbe? This paper explores how technical objects are envisaged in the »century of biology«. Via the work of Gilbert Simondon, it asks what modes of existence biotechnical objects will display. The processes of abstraction and concretisation taking place in the field of synthetic biology offer one way to address these questions.