The impact of genomics on society has been the focus of debate and conflict across the world. Contrasting views of risks and benefits, trust in science and regulation, the understanding of science, media coverage and mobilization of the public by civil society groups all have been cited as drivers of public opinion. The long running controversy is a signal that the public's view cannot be ignored in the development and implementation of new technologies arising out of genomics such as agricultural biotechnologies, genetic testing and the uses of genetic information, the cloning of human cells and tissues and transgenic animals. Written by a progressive international group of social scientists from Europe, North America and Japan, this volume presents a series of comparative perspectives on the social, ethical and legal implications of genomics. The result is a book which encapsulates the lessons to be learned from the controversies of the 1990s and raises the level of debate on the societal implications of new developments in genomics.

chapter 1|6 pages

The Genomic Society and its Public: Introduction

ByGeorge Gaskell, Martin W. Bauer

part 1|68 pages

Emerging Issues and Debates

chapter 2|19 pages

Dilemmas of Genetic Information

ByUrs Dahinden, Nicola Lindsey, Aglaia Chatjouli, Carmen Diego, Björn Fjæstad, Marisa Matias, João Arriscado Nunes, Timo Rusanen

chapter 3|16 pages

Spare Parts for Human Bodies?

BySuzanne de Cheveigné, Edna Einsiedel, Jürgen Hampel, Jacqueline Chervin, Robin Downey

chapter 4|16 pages

Moving the Goalposts in Bioethics

ByErling Jelsøe, Arne Thing Mortensen, Mercy Wambui Kamara, Maria Rusanen, Susana Costa, Torben Hviid Nielsen, Nicola Lindsey

chapter 5|15 pages

Whom to Trust with Genes on the Menu?

ByMatthias Kohring, Anneloes Meijnders, Cees Midden, Susanna Öhman, Anna Olofsson, Jörg Matthes, Maria Rusanen, Jan Gutteling, Tomasz Twardowski

part 2|93 pages

The Efficacy of Public Opinion

chapter 6|18 pages

Public Mobilization and Policy Consequences

ByJürgen Hampel, Petra Grabner, Helge Torgersen, Daniel Boy, Agnes Allansdottir, Erling Jelsøe, Georgios Sakellaris

chapter 7|18 pages

The Coming of Age of Public Participation

ByEdna Einsiedel, Mercy Wambui Kamara, Daniel Boy, Urs Dahinden, Carmen Diego, Nicola Lindsey, Arne Mortensen

chapter 8|18 pages

Issue Salience and Media Framing over 30 Years

ByMartin W. Bauer, Jan M. Gutteling

chapter 9|19 pages

The Politics of Bioethics1

The Case of Human Embryonic Stems Cells
ByTorben Hviid Nielsen

chapter 10|19 pages

The Monster in the PublicImagination1

ByWolfgang Wagner, Nicole Kronberger, Siv Froydis Berg, Helge Torgersen

part 3|80 pages

Global Perspectives

chapter 11|15 pages

Towards a Global Pop Culture of Genes?

ByToby Ten Eyck

chapter 12|11 pages

Competing Voices, Contrasting Frames in North America1

BySusanna Hornig Priest

chapter 13|15 pages

Transatlantic Tensions over GM Crops and Food

Diverging perspectives
ByGeorge Gaskell, Jonathan Jackson, Toby Ten Eyck, Edna Einsiedel, Susanna Hornig Priest

chapter 14|16 pages

The Japanese Experience

ByMotohiko Nagata, Aiko Hibino, Toshio Sugiman, Wolfgang Wagner

chapter 15|22 pages

Paradoxes of Resistance in Brazil

ByMartin W. Bauer