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My research interests are primarily in the history of genetics, the history of eugenics, and the history of medicine. My dissertation examines the role of the Bussey Institution at Harvard University in the development of genetics in the United States. Harvard’s Bussey Institution was a “breeding ground” where genetics was mated with agriculture and they produced their offspring such as agricultural genetics, medical genetics, and anthropological genetics. By looking at the activity of the Bussey’s agents (both scientists and their experimental organisms), this research project aims to answer three following questions: 1) How genetics (science) and practical breeding (technology) interacted and influenced to each other, 2) What was the role of farm animals and crops as experimental organisms of genetic research, and 3) How different genetic theories emerged in different local contexts. My graduate studies are funded by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-D).


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  • E-mail address: jung.sunguk@mail.utoronto.ca