Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective

1st Edition

Herbert Gottweis, Alan Petersen

Routledge
Published April 30, 2008
Reference - 236 Pages
ISBN 9780415427388 - CAT# RU44503

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Summary

In recent years, a number of large population-based biobanks – genetic databases that combine genetic information derived from blood samples with personal data about environment, medical history, lifestyle or genealogy – have been set up in order to study the interface between disease, and genetic and environmental factors. Unsurprisingly, these studies have sparked a good deal of controversy and the ethical and social implications have been widely debated.

Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective is the first book to explore the political and governance implications of biobanks in Europe, the United States, Asia, and Australia. This book explores:

  • the interrelated conditions needed for a biobank to be created and to exist
  • the rise of the new bio-economy
  • the redefinition of citizenship accompanying national biobank developments

This groundbreaking book makes clear that biobanks are a phenomenon that cannot be disconnected from considerations of power, politics, and the reshaping of current practices in governance. It will be a valuable read for scholars and students of genetics, bioethics, risk, public health and the sociology of health and illness.

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