Io e il mio DNA (My DNA and I)

By Federico Neresini

Il Mulino

ISBN 978-88-15-29057, pp. 223

Federico Neresini’s new book starts with a personal experiment: the mapping of the author’s genome. Through the pages of the book, which becomes a diary of the resulting experiences, a series of reflections on DNA as a social phenomenon are conducted, from its ability to enter public discourse to its media appeal, from magical belief in “a gene for everything”, in the shadows of its history, to the business of online genomics.

The book discusses the load of promises, inherent in every scientific discovery, makes the DNA molecule an icon of the future and a hope for access to unlimited wellbeing, care and self-knowledge: the DNA is “unique” and makes us unique.

Studi sociali sulla scienza e la tecnologia (Social studies on science and technology)

edited by Paolo Magaudda – Federico Neresini

Collana “Manuali” – il Mulino

ISBN 978-88-15-28789-2, pp. 280

The collective volume edited by Paolo Magaudda and Federico Neresini has been published. It introduces social studies on science and technology (STS), a research field and a reference point to analyse and understand the complex relationship between techno-scientific innovation and the wider social, political, and cultural context.

The text comprises works of the main Italian STS scholars, among them members of PaSTIS (Paolo Giardullo, Sergio Minniti and Alessandro Mongili). The handbook sheds light on the origins, main concepts and basic understandings of STS approach, offering a wide range of themes and areas of intersection between science, technology and society: from environmental sustainability to health, from gender and body to the role of networks and algorithms, from transformations in the world of work to those of educational processes.