in Genomes and What to Make of Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226172958
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226172965 | DOI:

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This chapter reviews the overall argument and evaluates some of the ways in which we might attempt to solve the problems created by the extraordinary scientific and technological developments with which the book has been concerned. Time and again as the argument has proceeded, there has been cause to note the exceptional status attributed to genetics and genomics. Whether because of the exceptional objects they study, or the exceptional powers they confer or the exceptional risks associated with them, they are given a different status from other bodies of natural knowledge, and presented, justified and, above all perhaps, criticized in specially constructed frames.

Keywords: genomics; genetics; exceptionalism; technological developments

Chapter.  6291 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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