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Genetics and Society

The books in this series, all based on original research, explore the social, economic and ethical consequences of the new genetic sciences. The series is based in the Cesagen, one of the centres forming the ESRC’s Genomics Network (EGN), the largest UK investment in social-science research on the implications of these innovations. With a mix of research monographs, edited collections, textbooks and a major new handbook, the series is a valuable contribution to the social analysis of developing and emergent bio-technologies.

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  1. GM Food on Trial

    Testing European Democracy

    By Les Levidow, Susan Carr

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Europe was told that it had no choice but to accept agbiotech, yet this imperative was turned into a test of democratic accountability for societal choices. Since the late 1990s, European public controversy has kept the agri-biotech industry and its promoters on the defensive. As some...

    Published July 26th 2012 by Routledge

  2. The Handbook of Genetics & Society

    Mapping the New Genomic Era

    Edited by Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner, Margaret Lock

    Series: Genetics and Society

    An authoritative Handbook which offers a discussion of the social, political, ethical and economic consequences and implications of the new bio-sciences. The Handbook takes an interdisciplinary approach providing a synoptic overview of contemporary international social science research on genetics,...

    Published July 8th 2012 by Routledge

  3. Gender and Genetics

    Sociology of the Prenatal

    By Kate Reed

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Prenatal screening for genetic disorders is becoming an increasingly widespread phenomenon across the globe. While studies have highlighted the importance of women’s experiences of such screening, little is known about men’s roles and direct involvement in this process. With a focus on the...

    Published May 15th 2012 by Routledge

  4. The International Legal Governance of the Human Genome

    By Chamundeeswari Kuppuswamy

    Series: Genetics and Society

    The human genome is a well known symbol of scientific and technological progress in the 21st century. However, concerns about the exacerbation of inequalities between the rich and the poor, the developing and the developed states, the healthy and the unhealthy are causing problems for the progress...

    Published May 10th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Local Cells, Global Science

    The Rise of Embryonic Stem Cell Research in India

    By Aditya Bharadwaj, Peter Glasner

    Series: Genetics and Society

    One of the first studies of an exciting new development in global biotechnology, this cutting edge text examines the extent of the transnational movements of tissues, stem cells, and expertise, in the developing governance framework of India. Documenting the impact of local and global governance...

    Published May 6th 2012 by Routledge

  6. Community Genetics and Genetic Alliances

    Eugenics, Carrier Testing, and Networks of Risk

    By Aviad E. Raz

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Carrier testing of adults provides information about the risk of passing a genetic mutation to your children, leading to reproductive (and some say, eugenic) decisions. Excessive carrier screening may have adverse effects, but it can also prevent suffering and open up new reproductive options....

    Published February 20th 2012 by Routledge

  7. Debating Human Genetics

    Contemporary Issues in Public Policy and Ethics

    By Alexandra Plows

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Debating Human Genetics is based on ethnographic research focusing primarily on the UK publics who are debating and engaging with human genetics, and related bio and techno-science. Drawing on recent interviews and data, collated in a range of public settings, it provides a unique overview of...

    Published July 8th 2010 by Routledge

  8. Neurogenetic Diagnoses

    The Power of Hope and the Limits of Today’s Medicine

    By Carole H. Browner, H. Mabel Preloran

    Series: Genetics and Society

    As world populations continue to age, the incidence of very common, ultimately fatal neurodegenerative diseases (some of medicine’s most puzzling illnesses) will increase exponentially. Neurogenetic Diagnoses, the Power of Hope, and the Limits of Today’s Medicine explores the diverse impacts and...

    Published June 3rd 2010 by Routledge

  9. The GM Debate

    Risk, Politics and Public Engagement

    By Tom Horlick-Jones, John Walls, Gene Rowe, Nick Pidgeon, Wouter Poortinga, Graham Murdock, Tim O'Riordan

    Series: Genetics and Society

    This book tells the story of an unprecedented experiment in public participation: the government-sponsored debate on the possible commercialization of ‘GM’ crops in the UK. Giving a unique and systematic account of the debate process, this revealing volume sets it within its political and...

    Published July 13th 2009 by Routledge

  10. Human Cloning in the Media

    From Science Fiction to Science Practice

    By Joan Haran, Jenny Kitzinger, Maureen McNeil, Kate O'Riordan

    Series: Genetics and Society

    This book examines the making of human cloning as an imaginary practice and scientific fact. It explores the controversies surrounding both ‘therapeutic cloning’ for stem cell research and ‘reproductive’ cloning. The authors analyse the cultural production of cloning, how practices and...

    Published October 24th 2007 by Routledge