The limits of responsible innovation: exploring care, vulnerability and precision medicine

Kerr, A. , Hill, R. L. and Till, C. (2018) The limits of responsible innovation: exploring care, vulnerability and precision medicine. Technology in Society, 52, pp. 24-31. (doi: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2017.03.004)

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Drawing on insights from feminist and Science and Technology Studies writing on care and vulnerability, this paper will critically explore conceptualisations of responsibility, care and vulnerability in relation to contemporary approaches to Responsible Innovation (RI). Drawing on examples of some of the social and ethical challenges of precision medicine, we highlight the on-going, distributed and complex nature of innovation and responsibilities in relation to markets, patient and carer experience and data practices associated with these new technologies to highlight some of the limits of RI. We end by reflecting on the implications of our analysis for the social and ethical challenges of precision medicine and RI more generally.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:The authors gratefully acknowledge the support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council who funded research on Responsible Innovation as part of the Innovation and Knowledge Centre on Regenerative Therapies and Devices Tranche 2 (Grant number EP/J017620/1).
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kerr, Professor Anne
Authors: Kerr, A., Hill, R. L., and Till, C.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:Technology in Society
ISSN (Online):1879-3274
Published Online:18 March 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Technology in Society 52: 24-31
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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