Governing genetics: reifying choice and progress

Kerr, A. (2003) Governing genetics: reifying choice and progress. New Genetics and Society, 22(2), pp. 143-158. (doi: 10.1080/1463677032000102611) (PMID:15282910)

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The governance of genetics involves a wide range of policy networks and covers a considerable array of genetic technoscience. Despite this apparent diversity, the uniformity of some genetic governance requires investigation. Reviewing policy documents on genetic patenting and embryonic stem cell research, I shall argue that policy networks often conceive of the ethical aspects of these practices in similar ways. In particular, I shall argue that individual choice and medico-scientific progress are common rhetorical devices in their frameworks. I shall end by commenting upon the implications of these trends for the future.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Kerr, Professor Anne
Authors: Kerr, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Sociology Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences
Journal Name:New Genetics and Society
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9915

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