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Translating genomics: cancer genetics, public health and the making of the (de)molecularised body in Cuba and Brazil

Gibbon, S; (2016) Translating genomics: cancer genetics, public health and the making of the (de)molecularised body in Cuba and Brazil. História, Ciências, Saúde-Manguinhos , 23 (1) pp. 95-111. 10.1590/S0104-59702016000100007. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines how cancer genetics has emerged as a focus for research and healthcare in Cuba and Brazil. Drawing on ethnographic research undertaken in community genetics clinics and cancer genetics services, the article examines how the knowledge and technologies associated with this novel area of healthcare are translated and put to work by researchers, health professionals, patients and their families in these two contexts. It illuminates the comparative similarities and differences in how cancer genetics is emerging in relation to transnational research priorities, the history and contemporary politics of public health and embodied vulnerability to cancer that reconfigures the scope and meaning of genomics as “personalised” medicine.

Type: Article
Title: Translating genomics: cancer genetics, public health and the making of the (de)molecularised body in Cuba and Brazil
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1590/S0104-59702016000100007
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-59702016000100007
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY 4.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/deed.en), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: cancer genetics; biomedicalisation; Cuba; Brazil
UCL classification: UCL
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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/1493277
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