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Metaphors of DNA: a review of the popularisation processes (Spanish original version)

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Author(s): Sergi CortiƱas Rovira

Journal: JCOM : Journal of Science Communication
ISSN 1824-2049

Volume: 7;
Issue: 1;
Date: 2008;
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Keywords: Public communication of and discourses on science and technology | Science | technology | art and literature | Images and representations of science and technology

ABSTRACT
This article offers a 1953-present day review of the models that have popularised DNA, one of the fundamental molecules of biochemistry. DNA has become an iconic concept over the 20th century, overcoming the boundaries of science and spreading into literature, painting, sculpture or religion. This work analyses the reasons why DNA has penetrated society so effectively and examines some of the main metaphors used by the scientists and scientific popularisers. Furthermore, this article, taken from the author's PhD thesis, describes some recent popularisation models for this molecule.

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