Winter 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 1 Writing in Code: Literature and the GenomeJanuary 1, 2006 |

Working at the Genetic Testing Center

The voice on the other end of the line wants to know our motive;that is, there's a long history of social research in the neighborhoods east of the hospital where the injury of segregated wardsand waiting rooms hasn't been stitched                and why am I, white- intern-for-sociology-credit, calling to offer free genetic screeningfor colorectal cancer? This is what we're testing: the human factor; suspicion: a survival instinct.

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Beth Bachmann is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and author of three books in the Pitt Poetry Series: Temper, winner of the Association of Writers & Writing Program’s Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and Claremont Graduate University’s Kate Tufts Discovery Award; Do Not Rise, winner of the Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award; and CEASE, winner of the Virginia Quarterly Review’s Emily Clark Balch Prize for Poetry (fall 2018). She lives in New York City.

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