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Figure 2 Selection of relations embedded within genetic technology

The figure is read from bottom to top, with each set of interactions leading on to and embedded within the next. It shows how the technological ‘indexes’ (Index 3 and Index 4) combine the actions of both its designers (‘artists’) and recipients (cf Latour’s (2000) Berlin key). The final genetic index (4) embodies or contains within it the sets of relations conditioning their design, use and prohibition.