Rendering Life Molecular: An Interview

After reading Natasha Myers’s new book, the world begins to dance in new ways. Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, 2015) is a sensory ethnography of protein crystallographers that is based on five years of fieldwork conducted between 2003-2008 at a research university on the East Coast of the US. “Protein modelers are the scientists to watch in order to see what forms of life and what materialities are coming to matter in the twenty-first-century life sciences,” according to Myers, and the book bears out this statement. It’s a fabulous and exciting book, and you can listen to us talking about it (and about many related things, like the “Dance Your PhD” contest) for the New Books in STS podcast by heading over to this link.