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New Genetics, New Ethics? Globalisation and its Discontents

Glasner, Peter Egon and Rothman, Harry 2001. New Genetics, New Ethics? Globalisation and its Discontents. Health, Risk & Society 3 (3) , pp. 245-259. 10.1080/13698570120079868

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The paper discusses the rapid and significant development of new genetic technologies (in health, food and agriculture) in the theoretical context of the globalisation debate. We show how the studies on the ethical, legal and social implications of biotechnological innovation have themselves emerged as an important factor in the technological innovation and product development process. Ethical considerations are becoming integral to attempts to understand techno-scientific developments in late modernity. However, ethical studies have so far been more focused on the medical rather than the overall commercial application of genomics. Their relevance to this wider context of the globalised commodification of new genetics needs to be explored. Of special significance is the introduction of ethical considerations into the debates on globalised risk, which we will explore in relation to increasing disparities between the global North and South.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH426 Genetics
Uncontrolled Keywords: New Genetics, Globalisation, Bioethics, Risk
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1369-8575
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49

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