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Commentary 1. ‘Telling the truth about genomics’: Hype and hope

Paula Boddington
Published Online: 2006-06-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CAM.2006.009


Ruth Chadwick's piece covers a great deal of thought-provoking ground. She considers that one reason why genomics science has attracted much interest in public engagement is because of its relations to Kant's three basic questions of philosophy: What can I know? What ought I do? What may I hope? With the last question especially, Chadwick argues that there is a potentially large role for public engagement, and suggests that genomics science might develop its own distinct service ideal, springing from a conception of the good that is internal to it.

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Paula Boddington

Paula Boddington is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Medical Genetics at Cardiff University. She is a philosopher with interests in medical ethics and the philosophy of medicine currently working on two Wellcome Trust-funded research projects examining the communication of genetic information, and the explanation of common complex disorders in science and in policy.

1Address for correspondence: CESAGen, 6 Museum Place, Cardiff University, Cardiff CF10 3BG, UK.

Published Online: 2006-06-19

Published in Print: 2006-05-01

Citation Information: Communication & Medicine, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 93–94, ISSN (Online) 1613-3625, ISSN (Print) 1612-1783, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CAM.2006.009.

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