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Genetic Databases: Socio-Ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA
     

Genetic Databases: Socio-Ethical Issues in the Collection and Use of DNA

by Oonagh Corrigan
 

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Genetic Databases offers a timely analysis of the underlying tensions, contradictions and limitations of the current regulatory frameworks for, and policy debates about, genetic databases. Drawing on original empirical research and theoretical debates in the fields of sociology, anthropology and legal studies, the contributors to this book challenge the

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Genetic Databases offers a timely analysis of the underlying tensions, contradictions and limitations of the current regulatory frameworks for, and policy debates about, genetic databases. Drawing on original empirical research and theoretical debates in the fields of sociology, anthropology and legal studies, the contributors to this book challenge the prevailing orthodoxy of informed consent and explore the relationship between personal privacy and the public good. They also consider the multiple meanings attached to human tissue and the role of public consultations and commercial involvement in the creation and use of genetic databases.

The authors argue that policy and regulatory frameworks produce a representation of participation that is often at odds with the experiences and understandings of those taking part. The findings present a serious challenge for public policy to provide mechanisms to safeguard the welfare of individuals participating in genetic databases.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781134373345
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/31/2004
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Oonagh Corrigan is a sociologist with a research interest in social and ethical issues surrounding developments in genetics and the pharmaceutical industry. In particular much of her work to date has focussed on the implications for human subjects involved in biomedical research and on regulatory mechanisms designed to protect such subjects.

Richard Tutton is a research fellow in the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) in the Department of Sociology at the University of York. He has been researching the various social and ethical implications of developments in human genetics for several years

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