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Culturing American Life

Science  09 Mar 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5510, pp. 1907-1908
DOI: 10.1126/science.1058042

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Biologists and the Promise of American Life From Meriwether Lewis to Alfred Kinsey. Philip J. Pauly. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 2000. 329 pp. $29.95, £18.95. ISBN 0-691-04977-7.

Examining the social history of biology in the United States, Pauly argues that scientists coupled their researches to their desires to improve plants, animals, and human life and thus build a nation of "prosperous, liberal, secular, and humane" people.