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This book traces an edit-war on wikipedia about a single word.

Cisgenesis Volume 1: The Social Life of Scientific Nomenclature

This book catalogues every change on the Wikipedia page for Cisgenesis from when it was first created at 22:48 on February 22, 2009 until 16:31 on November 4, 2010 (latest entry as of publication). The coining and usage of the word Cisgenesis traces the controversies of ownership, authority and authenticity that are at the heart of the debate over emerging agriculture biotechnologies in the United States and the European Union.

Future Versions of this book will include edits made to the Wikipedia page. This print publication can be used in tandem and in consultation with the archived digital database of Wikipedia edits, serving as a more tangible and easily navigable document.

Contains the ESSAY: The Social Life of Nomenclature

Edited by Zack Denfeld
Designed by Tara Kelton and Lauren Francescone
Published by the Center for Genomic Gastronomy


2010: Over Leven, GresnWerk Festival (Enschede, Netherlands)