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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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11-20 of 23 results in Genetics and Society
  1. Regenerating Bodies

    Tissue and Cell Therapies in the Twenty-First Century

    By Julie Kent

    Series: Genetics and Society

    This exciting book examines how human tissues and cells are being exchanged, commodified and commercialized by new health technologies. Through a discussion of emergent global ‘tissue economies’ the author explores the social dynamics of innovation in the fields of tissue engineering and stem cell...

    Published January 10th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Negotiating Bioethics

    The Governance of UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme

    By Adèle Langlois

    Series: Genetics and Society

    The sequencing of the entire human genome has opened up unprecedented possibilities for healthcare, but also ethical and social dilemmas about how these can be achieved, particularly in developing countries. UNESCO’s Bioethics Programme was established to address such issues in 1993. Since then, it...

    Published August 6th 2013 by Routledge

  3. The Gene, the Clinic, and the Family

    Diagnosing Dysmorphology, Reviving Medical Dominance

    By Joanna Latimer

    Series: Genetics and Society

    While some theorists argue that medicine is caught in a relentless process of ‘geneticization’ and others offer a thesis of biomedicalization, there is still little research that explores how these effects are accomplished in practice. Joanna Latimer, whose groundbreaking ethnography on acute...

    Published June 27th 2013 by Routledge

  4. Barcoding Nature

    Shifting Cultures of Taxonomy in an Age of Biodiversity Loss

    By Claire Waterton, Rebecca Ellis, Brian Wynne

    Series: Genetics and Society

    DNA Barcoding has been promoted since 2003 as a new, fast, digital genomics-based means of identifying natural species based on the idea that a small standard fragment of any organism’s genome (a so-called ‘micro-genome’) can faithfully identify and help to classify every species on the planet. The...

    Published April 23rd 2013 by Routledge

  5. 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 27th 2012 by Routledge

  6. 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 9th 2012 by Routledge

  7. 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 11th 2012 by Routledge

  8. 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 7th 2012 by Routledge

  9. 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 21st 2012 by Routledge

  10. 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 9th 2010 by Routledge