Emerging Technologies : From Hindsight to Foresight

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"New technologies emerge all the time. Some technologies, however, are transformative: they introduce new forms of control, both through formal systems of regulation and by informally shaping our behaviour. They have profound impacts and are often disruptive; they affect the way we work and play; they influence our mobility and lifestyle. They offer hope and possibility while introducing new fears and unintended consequences." This book addresses the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of emerging technologies and assesses their social and policy implications. Contributors examine the development, impact, and governance of new technologies emerging from a variety of fields, including biotechnology, genetics, stem cell research, pharmacology, and nanotechnology.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774815482
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008

Table of Contents

Introduction Making Sense of Emerging Technologies Edna F. Einsiedel Einsiedel, Edna F. 3

Pt. 1 Hindsight Learnings

1 GM Foods in Hindsight William K. Hallman Hallman, William K. 13

2 Patentable Subject Matter: Who Owns What Knowledge? Chika B. Onwuekwe Onwuekwe, Chika B. 33

3 Patents in the Public Sphere: Public Perceptions and Biotechnology Patents Edna F. Einsiedel Einsiedel, Edna F. 51

Pt. 2 Foresight Applications

(Transgenic) Animal Farm

4 Of Biotechnology and Blind Chickens Paul B. Thompson Thompson, Paul B. 69

5 Transgenic Salmon: Regulatory Oversight of an Anticipated Technology Emily Marden Marden, Emily Holly Longstaff Longstaff, Holly Ed Levy Levy, Ed 81

Fields of Pharmas: Plant Molecular Farming

6 The Emerging Technology of Plant Molecular Farming Michele Veeman Veeman, Michele 101

7 Policy and Regulatory Challenges for Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals: in the United States Patrick A. Stewart Stewart, Patrick A. 120

8 Forestalling Liabilities? Stakeholder Participation and Regulatory Development Stuart Smyth Smyth, Stuart 138

In the Stem Cell Fields

9 When Human Dignity Is Not Enough: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning in Canada Tania Bubela Bubela, Tania Timothy Caulfield Caulfield, Timothy 161

Drugs - Up Close and Personal: Engaging Pharmacogenomics

10 Banking on Trust: Issues of Informed Consent in Pharmacogenetic Research Rose Geransar Geransar, Rose 185

11 Pharmacogenomic Promises: Reflections on Semantics, Genohype, and Global Justice Bryn Williams-Jones Williams-Jones, Bryn Vural Ozdemir Ozdemir, Vural 203

12 Envisioning Race and Medicine: BiDil and the Insufficient Match between SocialGroups and Genotypes Benjamin R. Bates Bates, Benjamin R. 221

Is Small Really Beautiful? Does Size Matter? Nanotechnologies

13 Nanotechnology and Human Imagination Susanna Hornig Priest Priest, Susanna Hornig 241

14 Nanotechnology: The Policy Challenges Lorraine Sheremeta Sheremeta, Lorraine 252

Pt. 3 Governance Challenges and Emerging Technologies

15 Technology, Democracy, and Ethics: Democratic Deficit and the Ethics of Public Engagement Michael Burgess Burgess, Michael James Tansey Tansey, James 275

16 Impact Assessments and Emerging Technologies: From Precaution to "Smart Regulation"? Jacopo Torriti Torriti, Jacopo 289

17 Technology Ownership and Governance: An Alternative View of IPRs Peter W. H. Phillips Phillips, Peter W. H. 307

Conclusion: Reflections on Emerging Technologies Edna F. Einsiedel Einsiedel, Edna F. 327

List of Contributors 335

Index 339

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