Biobanks : Governance in Comparative Perspective, Paperback / softback Book

Biobanks : Governance in Comparative Perspective Paperback / softback

Edited by Herbert Gottweis, Alan Petersen



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-economythe redefinition of citizenship accompanying national biobank developmentsThis 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.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 236 pages, 1 Line drawings, black and white
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
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  • Category: Health systems & services
  • ISBN: 9780415427388



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