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Epigenetics, society, and bio-objects
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics. Østfold University College, Norway. (Centre for Research Ethics and Bioethics)
European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy.
2015 (English)In: Croatian Medical Journal, ISSN 0353-9504, E-ISSN 1332-8166, Vol. 56, no 2, 166-168 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The molecular account of the environmental that epigenetics offers bestow it with paramount importance for biomedical perspective of health and disease and for social sciences perspective on human interactions and well-being. It offers new prospects for interventions to shape the health of both individuals and populations, and invokes its own ethical, legal, and social implications. We here propose treatment of the relation between epigenetics and society through the framework of bio-objectification. After discussing how epigenetic information becomes part of particular bio-identification and bio-objectification processes, we then propose the bio-objectification framework as a fruitful conceptual framework for the analysis of dynamic research and responsive regulatory landscape of this biotechnology.

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2015. Vol. 56, no 2, 166-168 p.
Keyword [en]
bio-objects, bio-objectification, bio-identification, epigenetics, society, ethics, contextual analysis
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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject
Bioethics; History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-256953DOI: 10.3325/cmj.2015.56.166ISI: 000354944500013PubMedID: 25891877OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-256953DiVA: diva2:827754

Both authors equally contributed to this text.

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