The Handbook provides an essential resource at the interface of Genomics, Health and Society, and forms a crucial research tool for both new students and established scholars across biomedicine and social sciences. Building from and extending the first Routledge Handbook of Genetics and Society, the book offers a comprehensive introduction to pivotal themes within the field, an overview of the current state of the art knowledge on genomics, science and society, and an outline of emerging areas of research.

Key themes addressed include the way genomic based DNA technologies have become incorporated into diverse arenas of clinical practice and research whilst also extending beyond the clinic; the role of genomics in contemporary ‘bioeconomies’; how challenges in the governance of medical genomics can both reconfigure and stabilise regulatory processes and jurisdictional boundaries; how questions of diversity and justice are situated across different national and transnational terrains of genomic research; and how genomics informs – and is shaped by – developments in fields such as epigenetics, synthetic biology, stem cell, microbial and animal model research.

Chapters 13 and 28 of this book are freely available as downloadable Open Access PDFs at https://www.taylorfrancis.com, under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. 


part II|62 pages

Genomic technologies in the bioeconomy

chapter 8|7 pages


chapter 9|8 pages

Limits to biocapital

chapter 10|8 pages

Gendered bioeconomies

chapter 12|9 pages

Neoliberalism on drugs

Genomics and the political economy of medicine

chapter 13|9 pages

The value of the imagined biological in policy and society

Somaticizing and economizing British subject(ivitie)s

chapter 14|9 pages

Responsible research and innovation

part IV|59 pages

Diversity and justice

part V|70 pages

Crossing boundaries