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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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1-10 of 23 results in Genetics and Society
  1. Risky Genes

    Genetics, Breast Cancer and Jewish Identity

    By Jessica Mozersky

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Ashkenazi Jews have the highest known population risk of carrying specific mutations in the high-risk breast cancer genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2. So what does it mean to be told you have an increased risk of genetic breast cancer because you are of Ashkenazi Jewish origin? In a time of ever-increasing...

    Published August 30th 2014 by Routledge

  2. 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 August 30th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Regulating Next Generation Agri-Food Biotechnologies

    Lessons from European, North American and Asian Experiences

    Edited by Michael Howlett, David Laycock

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Agri-food bio-technology policy and regulation is transitioning from an early period focused on genetic engineering technologies to ‘next-generation’ rules and regulatory processes linked to challenges originating in a wide variety of new technological processes and applications. Can lessons...

    Published August 14th 2014 by Routledge

  4. 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 May 18th 2014 by Routledge

  5. New Genetics, New Social Formations

    Edited by Peter Glasner, Paul Atkinson, Helen Greenslade

    Series: Genetics and Society

    New genetic technologies cut across a range of public regulatory domains and private lifeworlds, often appearing to generate an institutional void in response to the complex challenges they pose. As a result, a number of new social formations are being developed to legitimate public engagement and...

    Published May 18th 2014 by Routledge

  6. New Genetics, New Identities

    Edited by Paul Atkinson, Peter Glasner, Helen Greenslade

    Series: Genetics and Society

    What implications are applications of new genetic technologies in biomedicine having on social identity in today’s society? New Genetics, New Identities, a wide-ranging multi-disciplinary volume in the CESAGen Genetics & Society Book series, presents not only theoretical reflection but also...

    Published April 27th 2014 by Routledge

  7. Breast Cancer Gene Research and Medical Practices

    Transnational Perspectives in the Time of BRCA

    Edited by Sahra Gibbon, Galen Joseph, Jessica Mozersky, Andrea zur Nieden, Sonja Palfner

    Series: Genetics and Society

    The discovery of the two inherited susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the mid-1990s created the possibility of predictive genetic testing and led to the establishment of specific medical programmes for those at high risk of developing breast cancer in the UK, US and Europe. In the intervening...

    Published March 17th 2014 by Routledge

  8. Growth Cultures

    The Global Bioeconomy and its Bioregions

    By Philip Cooke

    Series: Genetics and Society

    This groundbreaking book is the first comparative analysis of the relative strengths of global bioregions. Growth Cultures investigates the rapidly growing phenomena of biotechnology and sets this study within a knowledge economy context. Philip Cooke proposes a new knowledge-focused theoretical...

    Published February 17th 2014 by Routledge

  9. Creating Conditions

    The making and remaking of a genetic syndrome

    By Katie Featherstone, Paul Atkinson

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Based on original ethnographic research with scientists, clinicians and families, this book examines Rett syndrome to illuminate more general issues concerning the construction and interpretation of diseases and syndromes. It derives from research with a specialist team of clinicians and scientists...

    Published February 17th 2014 by Routledge

  10. Genetic Testing

    Accounts of Autonomy, Responsibility and Blame

    By Michael Arribas-Ayllon, Srikant Sarangi, Angus Clarke

    Series: Genetics and Society

    Advances in molecular genetics have led to the increasing availability of genetic testing for a variety of inherited disorders. While this new knowledge presents many obvious health benefits to prospective individuals and their families it also raises complex ethical and moral dilemmas for families...

    Published February 17th 2014 by Routledge