chapter  12
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Gene(sis): Steve Tomasula

In the Beginning, God said, "Let us nlake Inan in our image, after our likeness," and He formed man of clay and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, punning adanl, Hebrew for "Inan," with admah, "earth." Soon afterwards, Adanl, in God's image, created language-Man's first creation-his every utterance the birth ofanother word as he cried out names for the other aninlals in Eden. Some 7,000 generations after Adaln (according to DNA theory), Eduardo Kac creates the transgenic artwork Gellesis, reenacting these prinlal conflations of language and earth and thereby reanimating the myth that is ITIOSt central to the West's conception of humankind, nature, and progress.