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Microarrays on museum display

As you may have noticed, this blog has a crush on microarray technology, both as a social and political phenomenon (see here) and as an object of display (see here and here).

Therefore – congratulations to the Berliner Medizin-historisches Museum for being the first museum (as far as I know) to display microarrays in a permanent exhibition.

It’s just one small showcase in the new permanent exhibition ‘Dem Leben af der Spur’ [On the track of life] which opened last October. The text is short and probably pretty unintelligible to non-experts, and the displayed Affymetrix® chips are not contextualized, neither historically, nor socially or politically. Nevertheless, here they are — the first gene chips in a permanent museum exhibition.

I’ll be back with a review of the exhibition as a whole.

Thomas Söderqvist

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