Lynn M. Morgan


On her book Icons of Life: A Cultural History of Human Embryos

Cover Interview of October 06, 2010

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“How we came to think of embryos as tiny versions of our selves.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“Even many of today’s iconic images of embryonic and fetal ‘life’ actually depict dead specimens.”

On the second:

“There is not a pre-social or purely scientific way to ‘know’ embryos: cultural understandings of embryos always reflect social concerns.”