Inside the Embryo Production Factory

Lynn M. Morgan

in Icons of Life

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780520260436
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520944725 | DOI:
Inside the Embryo Production Factory

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This chapter moves inside the embryological laboratories. It traces the stories of two embryo specimens produced there: the first was a model of a so-called “embryo” brain (although it was probably that of a fetus or infant) made by Gertrude Stein in 1901 when she was a young medical student at Johns Hopkins. The second specimen was a young human embryo, collected in 1914, that later became famous as Carnegie no. 836.

Keywords: embryological laboratories; embryo specimens; embryo brain; Gertrude Stein; Carnegie no. 836

Chapter.  11709 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical Anthropology

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