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Crossing Over

Genomics in the Public Arena

edited by Edna Einsiedel & Frank Timmermans

contributions by Peter W.B. Phillips, Usher Fleising, Charles Mather, Helge Torgersen, Robin Downey, Rose Geransar, Beatrice Godard, Michelle Veeman, Wiktor Adamowicz, Wuyang Hu, Anne Hunnemeyer, Tania M. Bubela, Timothy Caulfield, Celeste M. Condit, Michael M. Burgess, Lyne Letourneau, Gardar Arnason, Michael D. Mehta, Linda Goldenberg & Jon Turney

University of Calgary Press
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Dec 2005
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Technologies of the life sciences offer tremendous possibilities but also numerous challenges. Crossing Over : Genomics in the Public Arena 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.

With Contributions By: Wiktor Adamowicz Gardar Arnason Tania M. Bubela Michael M. Burgess Timothy Caulfield Celeste M. Condit Robin Downey Edna Einsiedel Usher Fleising Rose Geransar Beatrice Godard Linda Goldenberg Wuyang Hu Anne Hunnemeyer Lyne Letourneau Charles Mather Michael D. Mehta Peter W.B. Phillips Helge Torgersen Jon Turney Michelle Veeman

About the authors

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.

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Frank Timmermans is a research assistant at the University of Calgary.

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Peter W.B. Phillips is a distinguished professor at the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan.

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Frank Timmermans is a research assistant at the University of Calgary.

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Frank Timmermans is a research assistant at the University of Calgary.

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TIMOTHY CAULFIELD is a professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health as well as research director of the Health Law and Science Policy Group at the University of Alberta. In recent years he has led and collaborated on a number of research projects having to do with the social challenges associated with genomic technologies, stem cell research, and the application of ethics in health sciences. He is a member of the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. He has also been involved with a number of national and international policy and research ethics committees, including Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee, Genome Canada’s Science Advisory Committee, and the Federal Panel on Research Ethics.Caulfield is a frequent speaker at academic and public gatherings. He contributes often to popular media. He lives and works out vigorously and often in Edmonton.  

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