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Introduction. Public Health Genomics: anthropological interventions in the quest for molecular medicine

Taussig, K-S; Gibbon, S; (2013) Introduction. Public Health Genomics: anthropological interventions in the quest for molecular medicine. Medical Anthropology Quarterly , 27 (4) 471 - 488. 10.1111/maq.12055. Green open access

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Abstract

We introduce this special issue of Medial Anthropology Quarterly on public health genomics by exploring both the unique contribution of ethnographic sensibility that medical anthropologists bring to the study of genomics and some of the key insights offered by the essays in this collection. As anthropologists, we are concerned with the power dynamics and larger cultural commitments embedded in practices associated with public health. We seek to understand, first, the broad significance of genomics as a cultural object and, second, the social action set into motion as researchers seek to translate genomic knowledge and technology into public health benefits.

Type: Article
Title: Introduction. Public Health Genomics: anthropological interventions in the quest for molecular medicine
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/maq.12055
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/maq.12055
Additional information: © 2013 The Authors. Medical Anthropology Quarterly published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. on behalf of American Anthropological Association This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: genomics; public health; ethnography; race; environment
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Anthropology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1453956
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