Crossing Over: Genomics in the Public Arena

Edited by Edna Einsiedel and Edna Einsiedel and Frank Timmermans and Peter W.B. Phillips and Usher Fleising and Charles Mather and Helge Torgersen and Robin Downey and Rose Geransar and Beatrice Godard and Michelle Veeman and Wiktor Adamowicz and Wuyang H

© 2005

Technologies of the life sciences offer tremendous possibilities but also numerous challenges. Crossing Over looks at the social and ethical issues around the new biology, particularly genomics and biotechnology. It examines the world of biotechnology from different perspectives, including economics, law, communications, the sciences, and bioethics.

The contributors to this volume respond to questions such as: How will we ensure technologies adopted in genomics research are not just economically beneficial but also socially and environmentally sustainable? What is the impact of the media on the development of these technologies? What are the ethical implications? What governance arrangements are appropriate? How are citizens and consumers expected to participate?

Crossing Over's interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of biotechnology in society will ultimately contribute to our overall understanding of this hot-button issue and will help us make better-informed choices for the future.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
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Crossing Over: Genomics in the Public Arena

Edited by Edna Einsiedel and Edna Einsiedel and Frank Timmermans and Peter W.B. Phillips and Usher Fleising and Charles Mather and Helge Torgersen and Robin Downey and Rose Geransar and Beatrice Godard and Michelle Veeman and Wiktor Adamowicz and Wuyang H

© 2005

Technologies of the life sciences offer tremendous possibilities but also numerous challenges. Crossing Over looks at the social and ethical issues around the new biology, particularly genomics and biotechnology. It examines the world of biotechnology from different perspectives, including economics, law, communications, the sciences, and bioethics.

The contributors to this volume respond to questions such as: How will we ensure technologies adopted in genomics research are not just economically beneficial but also socially and environmentally sustainable? What is the impact of the media on the development of these technologies? What are the ethical implications? What governance arrangements are appropriate? How are citizens and consumers expected to participate?

Crossing Over's interdisciplinary approach to the analysis of biotechnology in society will ultimately contribute to our overall understanding of this hot-button issue and will help us make better-informed choices for the future.

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  • Publisher: University of Calgary Press
  • Page Count: 268 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.7in x 9.0in
Edna Einsiedel is University Professor and Professor of Communications Studies in the Department of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary. She has been a member of numerous policy committees and written on biotechnology for the Canadian government.|
Frank Timmermans is a research assistant at the University of Calgary.

Introduction
Edna Einsiedel

Part 1: The Financial Pipeline

The Challenge of Creating, Protecting, and Exploiting Networked Knowledge
Peter W.B. Phillips
From Bank to Bench to Pharmacy Shelf: Biotechnology and the Culture of Finance
Usher Fleising and Charles Mather

Part 2: Policies and Publics

Agricultural Biotechnology in Europe at the Crossroads
Helge Torgersen

Angels of Vision: Stakeholders and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Policy Development
Robin Downey, Rose Geransar, and Edna Einsiedel

Part 3: From Public Percetpion to Public Participation - Consumer Choice and Dicision-Making

Involving Communities: A Matter of Trust and Communication
Béatrice Godard

Canadian Attitudes to Genetically Modified Food
Michelle Veeman, Wiktor Adamowicz, Wuyang Hu, and Anne Hünnemeyer

Part 4: Framing the Gene - The Media Sphere

Media Representations of Genetic Research
Tania M. Bubela and Timothy Caulfield

Lay People Actively Process Messages About Genetics
Celeste M. Codit

Telling Technological Tales: The Media and the Evolution of Biotechnology
Edna Einsiedel

Part 5: Second Thoughts - Ethical Issues

Ethical Analysis of Representation in the Governance of Biotechnology
Michael M. Burgess

The Regulation of Animal Biotechnology: At the Crossroads of Law and Ethics
Lyne Létourneau

Second Thoughts on Biobanks: The Icelandic Experience
Gardar Árnason

Part 6: Reflections Beyond the Here and Now

In Search of Nanoscale Economics: Intellectual Property and Nano-Mercantilism in the Pre-Assembler and Assembler Stages of Nanotechnology
Michael D. Metha and Linda Goldenberg

Inhuman, Superhuman, or Posthuman?
Jon Turney

Part 7: Conclusions

The Future of Genomics
Peter W.B. Phillips and Edna Einsiedel

Contributors
Index