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Commentary 3. ‘Telling the truth about genomics’: Toward a societal agenda for genomics research

Hub Zwart
Published Online: 2006-06-19 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CAM.2006.011


The issue Ruth Chadwick addresses in her paper is an important and interesting one. Until recently, while medicine as a profession was guided by a ‘service’ ideal, the moral ideal of biologists (and other scientists) was more or less oriented toward free enquiry and scientific creativity. Although they tended to see themselves as serving societal interests in the longer run, their agendas were oriented toward biological questions rather than toward societal demands.

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Hub Zwart

Hub Zwart studied philosophy and psychology at the Radboud University Nijmegen, worked as a Research Associate at the Institute for Bioethics in Maastricht, defended his thesis in 1993 (cum laude), was subsequently appointed as Research Director of the Center for Ethics at the Radboud University Nijmegen, is now full Professor of Philosophy at the Faculty of Science and Director of the Centre for Society and Genomics (CSG). His main field of interest is philosophy and ethics of the life sciences, notably genomics, with a special interest in science and imagination (comparative epistemology).

1Address for correspondence: Faculty of Science, Radboud University Nijmegen, P.O. Box 9010, NL-6500 GL Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Published Online: 2006-06-19

Published in Print: 2006-05-01

Citation Information: Communication & Medicine, Volume 3, Issue 1, Pages 97–98, ISSN (Online) 1613-3625, ISSN (Print) 1612-1783, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CAM.2006.011.

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