Biobanks: Governance in Comparative Perspective
Herbert Gottweis, Alan Petersen
Taylor & Francis, Apr 28, 2008 - Medical - 236 pages
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:
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.