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The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics

Genomics, Obesity and the Struggle over Responsibilities

Editors: Korthals, Michiel (Ed.)

  • Focuses on individual autonomy instead of blame
  • Proposes constructive ways of dealing with the grey areas arising from the genomics of health care and food production
  • Unique in its examination of the implications of genomics for obesity from an ethical perspective
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About this book

This volume addresses the overlapping aspects of the fields of genomics, obesity and (food) ethics. It is unique in its examination of the implications of genomics for obesity from an ethical perspective. Genomics covers the sciences and technologies involved in the pathways that DNA takes until the organism is completely built and sustained: the range of genes (DNA), transcriptor factors, enhancers, promoters, RNA (copy of DNA), proteins, metabolism of cell, cellular interactions, organisms. Genomics offers a holistic approach, which, when applied to obesity, can have surprising and disturbing implications for the existing networks tackling this phenomenon and for fundamental ethical notions, strategies and practices. In the book several strategies to match genomics, obesity, society and ethics are studied, and a happy match is proposed based on a pragmatist ethical framework. The ethical framework presented is inspired by the interaction between a procedural perspective emphasizing the necessity of consultative and participatory organizational relationships in the new interfaces between (nutri)genomics, medicine and food, and a substantive perspective that both cherishes individual autonomy and embeds it in socio-cultural contexts.

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“The book collects research in the fields of genomics, medical, and social studies of obesity and food science, and proposes ethical frameworks to resolve some of the more pernicious ethical quandaries at their intersection. In addition to medical researchers of genomics, public health researchers, and social scientists interested in obesity and nutrition in Europe, interested medical and public health ethicists also will benefit from the procedural and substantive frameworks offered for ethical and political decision making.” (Daniel Bustillos, Doody's Book Reviews, February, 2013)


Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Challenges of Genomics to Obesity and Traditional Ethics

    Korthals, Michiel

    Pages 3-11

  • Genomics and Obesity from a Pragmatist Point of View

    Korthals, Michiel

    Pages 13-23

  • Behaviour, Environment or Body: Three Discourses on Obesity

    Swierstra, Tsjalling

    Pages 27-38

  • Contesting the Obesity ‘Epidemic’: Elements of a Counter Discourse

    Belt, Henk

    Pages 39-57

  • Three Main Areas of Concern, Four Trends in Genomics and Existing Deficiencies in Academic Ethics

    Korthals, Michiel

    Pages 59-76

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-94-007-0127-4
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-0126-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $99.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-94-007-3993-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genomics, Obesity and the Struggle over Responsibilities
Editors
  • Michiel Korthals
Series Title
The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics
Series Volume
18
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-0127-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0127-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-0126-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3993-2
Series ISSN
1570-3010
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 240
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