Book Review: Biology in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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    David A. Kirby, Lab Coats in Hollywood: Science, Scientists, and Cinema (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2011).

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    Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2014).

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    Andrea L. Bonnicksen, Chimeras, Hybrids, and Interspecies Research (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2009).

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    Luis Campos, Radium and the Secret of Life (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago, 2015); Sharon Weinberger, The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (New York, NY: Knopf Doubleday, 2017).

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    Donna Haraway, Simians, Cyborgs, and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (Routledge, 2013); Sophia Roosth, Synthetic: How Life Got Made (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2017).

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    Garland E. Allen, “Mechanism, Vitalism, and Organicism in Late Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Biology: The Importance of Historical Context,” Studies in the History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 36 (2005): 261–283; Geoffrey E. R. Lloyd, Magic, Reason, and Experience: Studies in the Origins and Development of Greek Science (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 1979).

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    Rocket’s biological identity is unclear. He looks like a racoon, but he reacts violently if anybody calls him one. Some of his lamentations (“I didn’t ask to get made!”) hint at a synthetic origin, but details remain obscure.

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    Stephen Jay Gould, Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History (New York, NY: Norton, 1989).

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    Nathaniel Comfort, The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2012), 245; James Q. Whitman, Hitlers American Model: The United States and the Making of the Nazi Race Law (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2017).

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    Jill Lepore, The Secret History of Wonder Woman (New York, NY: Vintage, 2014).

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Gibson, A. Book Review: Biology in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. J Hist Biol 52, 365–369 (2019).

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