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Personalized medicine and promissory science

Arribas-Ayllon, Michael 2012. Personalized medicine and promissory science. In: Chadwick, Ruth ed. Encyclopedia of Applied Ethics (Second Edition), Elsevier, pp. 422-430. (10.1016/B978-0-12-373932-2.00428-2)

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Abstract

This article explores the rise of personalized medicine as a discursive and historical phenomenon. The task of applied ethical inquiry is one of engaging in the technical and promissory claims of scientists rather than simply taking their claims at face value. This leads to a stronger understanding of one particular commercial offshoot of personalized medicine – the personal genomics industry. The availability of direct-to-consumer genetic susceptibility testing is considered from several perspectives: the evaluation of genetic tests, the marketization of genomic knowledge, and the relationship between complex genetic risk and behavior change. In conclusion, personalized medicine is treated as a symptom of neoliberal capitalism.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Economic and Social Aspects of Genomics (CESAGen)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Ethics; Behavior Change; Bioethics; Complexity; Direct-to-consumer; Evaluation; Genetic Risk; Genetic Testing; Marketization; Personal Genomics; Personalization; Personalized Medicine; Promise; Promissory Science; Susceptibility
Publisher: Elsevier
ISBN: 9780123739322
Funders: ESRC
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:11
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/73925

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