This book sets out to define and consolidate the field of bioinformation studies in its transnational and global dimensions, drawing on debates in science and technology studies, anthropology and sociology. It provides situated analyses of bioinformation journeys across domains and spheres of interpretation. As unprecedented amounts of data relating to biological processes and lives are collected, aggregated, traded and exchanged, infrastructural systems and machine learners produce real consequences as they turn indeterminate data into actionable decisions for states, companies, scientific researchers and consumers. Bioinformation accrues multiple values as it transverses multiple registers and domains, and as it is transformed from bodies to becoming a subject of analysis tied to particular social relations, promises, desires and futures. The volume harnesses the anthropological sensibility for situated, fine-grained, ethnographically grounded analysis to develop an interdisciplinary dialogue on the conceptual, political, social and ethical dimensions posed by bioinformation.

chapter 1|19 pages

Bioinformation worlds and futures

An introduction

chapter 2|16 pages

All the data creatures

chapter 3|18 pages

Capturing genomes

The friction and flow of bioinformation at the Smithsonian

chapter 4|21 pages

The kinship of bioinformation 1

Relations in an evolving archive

chapter 5|18 pages

Bioinformation in formation

Inventing medical devices in contemporary India

chapter 6|18 pages


Bioinformation and the politics of rape response

chapter 7|19 pages

American bioinformation and U.S. race politics

The values of diverse genetic data

chapter 9|17 pages

Seeing like an airport

Towards interoperability in contemporary security

chapter 10|18 pages


(Bio)information in the era of the pandemic in South Korea

chapter |6 pages


Data, life and worlds in an anthropology of bioinformation