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The Posthuman
ENGL 165EC - Spring 2003,  Rita Raley
Tue, 5/6 Cloning & Transgenics

Jean Baudrillard, “The Hell of the Same”:

“In the view of cybernetics and computer science, by contrast, it is the smallest undifferentiated element, it is each cell of the body which becomes ‘embryonic’ prosthesis for that body. The genetic formula inscribed in each cell becomes the true modern prosthesis for all bodies. A prosthesis, as normally understood, is an artifact which replaces a defective organ, or an instrumental extension of the body; a DNA molecule, however, which stores all information relative to a given body is the ultimate prosthesis in that it allows this body to be extended ad infinitum by itself - ‘itself’ being nothing more, now, than this infinite series of prostheses.” (The Transparency of Evil: essays on extreme phenomena [New York: Verso, 1993]: 117)


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