Francesco Cassata

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I am Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Genoa. I have published on the history of eugenics and scientific racism in Italy, on the history of the “Lysenko controversy” in Italy, on the Italian geneticist Adriano Buzzati-Traverso and the International Laboratory of Genetics and Biophysics in Naples (1962-69), on Primo Levi’s science fiction. Select publications: Building the New Man. Eugenics, Racial Science and Genetics in Twentieth-Century Italy (Central European University Press, 2011); “The Italian Communist Party and the ‘Lysenko affair’” (Journal of the History of Biology, 2012); L’Italia intelligente. Adriano Buzzati-Traverso e il Laboratorio internazionale di genetica e biofisica (1962-1969) (Donzelli, 2013); “The struggle for authority over Italian genetics: the Ninth International Congress of Genetics in Bellagio, 1948-53,” in B. Gausemeier, S. Müller-Wille, E. Ramsden (eds.), Human Heredity in the Twentieth Century, Pickering & Chatto, London- Brookfield 2013. On Primo Levi, I recently published Science Fiction? Seventh Levi Lecture (Einaudi, 2016).