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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766186/transformation-of-intimacy-and-its-impact-in-developing-countries
#1
M D Muniruzzaman
Nowadays intimacy or intimate relationship is very familiar and widely used term all over the world. The term 'Intimacy' generally denotes a close interpersonal relationship or feeling of being in a close personal association and belonging together from both physical and mental point of view. It also denotes very close and effective connection with one another which may exist for whole life or may not. This article has been prepared on the basis of secondary sources and it tries to explore how this intimacy or intimate relationship has been gradually transforming from pre-modern society to modern society and from modern society to post-modern society for over the eras...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601979/young-people-s-awareness-on-biobanking-and-dna-profiling-results-of-a-questionnaire-administered-to-italian-university-students
#2
Pamela Tozzo, Antonio Fassina, Luciana Caenazzo
Current policy approaches to social and ethical issues surrounding biobanks manifest lack of public information given by researchers and government, despite the evidence that Italian citizens are well informed about technical and other public perspectives of biotechnologies. For this reason, the focus of our survey was to interview our University's students on these aspects. The sample consisted of Padua University students (N = 959), who were administered a questionnaire comprising eight questions covering their knowledge about biobanks, their perception of the related benefits and risks, their willingness to donate samples to a biobank for research purposes, their attitude to having their own DNA profile included in a forensic DNA database, and the reasons behind their answers...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497354/farmer-suicide-in-india-debating-the-role-of-biotechnology
#3
Gigesh Thomas, Johan De Tavernier
Indian Biotech opponents have attributed the increase of suicides to the monopolization of GM seeds, centering on patent control, application of terminator technology, marketing strategy, and increased production costs. The contentions of the biotech opponents, however, have been criticized for a lack of transparency in their modus operandi i.e. the use of methodology in their argumentation. The fact is, however, that with the intention of getting the attention of those capable of determining the future of GM cotton in India, opponents resorted to generating controversies...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474272/-a-good-collaboration-is-based-on-unique-contributions-from-each-side-assessing-the-dynamics-of-collaboration-in-stem-cell-science
#4
Michael Morrison
The rise of 'big biology' is bringing academic and industrial scientists together in large consortia to address translational challenges in the life sciences. In order to assess the impact of this change, this paper examines the existing norms and styles of collaboration in one high profile translational domain; stem cell research. Data is drawn from qualitative interviews with academic and industry scientists working in a large European stem cell research project. Respondents discussed what they perceived as the main benefits and risks of collaborative research, what styles of collaboration they were familiar with, and what collaborative work in stem cell science normally involves...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447286/the-body-as-constitutive-element-phenomenology-and-psychoanalysis-on-our-view-of-ourselves-and-others
#5
Paulina Monjaraz Fuentes, María Del Carmen Rojas Hernández, Stefano Santasilia, Fernanda Monjaraz Fuentes
The aim of this manuscript is to highlight that from the phenomenology and psychoanalysis point of view, the meaning of the notion of the body is different from the medical biologicist discourse. In psychoanalysis, the body is an erogenized body. It is constituted as an object for another self. Similarly, in phenomenology, the body is an own body in first instance. It is the body of a self, rather than a living body and a material body. Both positions enable us to understand how this conceptualization of the body is essential in any human field...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444626/towards-new-human-rights-in-the-age-of-neuroscience-and-neurotechnology
#6
Marcello Ienca, Roberto Andorno
Rapid advancements in human neuroscience and neurotechnology open unprecedented possibilities for accessing, collecting, sharing and manipulating information from the human brain. Such applications raise important challenges to human rights principles that need to be addressed to prevent unintended consequences. This paper assesses the implications of emerging neurotechnology applications in the context of the human rights framework and suggests that existing human rights may not be sufficient to respond to these emerging issues...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260172/the-oblique-perspective-philosophical-diagnostics-of-contemporary-life-sciences-research
#7
Hub Zwart
This paper indicates how continental philosophy may contribute to a diagnostics of contemporary life sciences research, as part of a "diagnostics of the present" (envisioned by continental thinkers, from Hegel up to Foucault). First, I describe (as a "practicing" philosopher) various options for an oblique (or symptomatic) reading of emerging scientific discourse, bent on uncovering the basic "philosophemes" of science (i.e. the guiding ideas, the basic conceptions of nature, life and technology at work in contemporary life sciences research practices)...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255668/product-not-process-explaining-a-basic-concept-in-agricultural-biotechnologies-and-food-safety
#8
Giovanni Tagliabue
Most life scientists have relentlessly recommended any evaluative approach of agri-food products to be based on examination of the phenotype, i.e. the actual characteristics of the food, feed and fiber varieties: the effects of any new cultivar (or micro-organism, animal) on our health are not dependent on the process(es), the techniques used to obtain it.The so-called "genetically modified organisms" ("GMOs"), on the other hand, are commonly framed as a group with special properties - most frequently seen as dubious, or even harmful...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247250/a-paedophile-scan-to-prevent-child-sexual-abuse-in-child-care-a-thought-experiment-to-problematize-the-notion-of-alignment-in-responsible-research-and-innovation
#9
Irja Marije de Jong, Frank Kupper, Corine de Ruiter, Jacqueline Broerse
Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a science policy concept that gained traction from 2000 onwards in the EU and US, in which alignment on purposes and values between different stakeholders is a key aspect. This thought experiment problematizes this particular notion: ethically acceptable and societally desirable outcomes are not necessarily achieved when alignment is a consequence of early closure. To argue this point, we took the example of the potential development of scanning technology for the detection of paedophilia among job applicants, for which indicators of broad societal support were found in an RRI project on neuroimaging...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092013/sharpening-the-cutting-edge-additional-considerations-for-the-uk-debates-on-embryonic-interventions-for-mitochondrial-diseases
#10
Erica Haimes, Ken Taylor
In October 2015 the UK enacted legislation to permit the clinical use of two cutting edge germline-altering, IVF-based embryonic techniques: pronuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer (PNT and MST). The aim is to use these techniques to prevent the maternal transmission of serious mitochondrial diseases. Major claims have been made about the quality of the debates that preceded this legislation and the significance of those debates for UK decision-making on other biotechnologies, as well as for other countries considering similar legislation...
December 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929347/an-ethical-assessment-model-for-digital-disease-detection-technologies
#11
Kerstin Denecke
Digital epidemiology, also referred to as digital disease detection (DDD), successfully provided methods and strategies for using information technology to support infectious disease monitoring and surveillance or understand attitudes and concerns about infectious diseases. However, Internet-based research and social media usage in epidemiology and healthcare pose new technical, functional and formal challenges. The focus of this paper is on the ethical issues to be considered when integrating digital epidemiology with existing practices...
September 20, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900884/the-social-dimension-of-biobanking-objectives-and-challenges
#12
E V Bryzgalina, K Y Alasania, T A Varkhotov, S M Gavrilenko, E M Shkomova
The present article allows to explore, analyze and reflect on the consequences and problems posed by biobanks and attempts to prove the need of social and humanitarian support in establishing and functioning of biobanks as a new type of scientific institutions. The basis of the article is the latest publications devoted to social and humanitarian aspects of biobanking and Russian experience of the initial formation of this subject domain (before the first professional biobanks were established in Russia in the 2010-s, the only highly specialized collections of bio-samples had been registered)...
September 13, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879640/creative-tensions-mutual-responsiveness-adapted-to-private-sector-research-and-development
#13
Matti Sonck, Lotte Asveld, Laurens Landeweerd, Patricia Osseweijer
The concept of mutual responsiveness is currently based on little empirical data in the literature of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). This paper explores RRI's idea of mutual responsiveness in the light of recent RRI case studies on private sector research and development (R&D). In RRI, responsible innovation is understood as a joint endeavour of innovators and societal stakeholders, who become mutually responsive to each other in defining the 'right impacts' of the innovation in society, and in steering the innovation towards realising those impacts...
September 7, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28849542/synthetic-biology-metaphors-and-responsibility
#14
Carmen McLeod, Brigitte Nerlich
Metaphors are not just decorative rhetorical devices that make speech pretty. They are fundamental tools for thinking about the world and acting on the world. The language we use to make a better world matters; words matter; metaphors matter. Words have consequences - ethical, social and legal ones, as well as political and economic ones. They need to be used 'responsibly'. They also need to be studied carefully - this is what we want to do through this editorial and the related thematic collection. In the context of synthetic biology, natural and social scientists have become increasingly interested in metaphors, a wave of interest that we want to exploit and amplify...
August 29, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28825221/ethical-sharing-of-health-data-in-online-platforms-which-values-should-be-considered
#15
Brígida Riso, Aaro Tupasela, Danya F Vears, Heike Felzmann, Julian Cockbain, Michele Loi, Nana C H Kongsholm, Silvia Zullo, Vojin Rakic
Intensified and extensive data production and data storage are characteristics of contemporary western societies. Health data sharing is increasing with the growth of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) platforms devoted to the collection of personal health and genomic data. However, the sensitive and personal nature of health data poses ethical challenges when data is disclosed and shared even if for scientific research purposes.With this in mind, the Science and Values Working Group of the COST Action CHIP ME 'Citizen's Health through public-private Initiatives: Public health, Market and Ethical perspectives' (IS 1303) identified six core values they considered to be essential for the ethical sharing of health data using ICT platforms...
August 21, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804806/how-biological-background-assumptions-influence-scientific-risk-evaluation-of-stacked-genetically-modified-plants-an-analysis-of-research-hypotheses-and-argumentations
#16
Elena Rocca, Fredrik Andersen
Scientific risk evaluations are constructed by specific evidence, value judgements and biological background assumptions. The latter are the framework-setting suppositions we apply in order to understand some new phenomenon. That background assumptions co-determine choice of methodology, data interpretation, and choice of relevant evidence is an uncontroversial claim in modern basic science. Furthermore, it is commonly accepted that, unless explicated, disagreements in background assumptions can lead to misunderstanding as well as miscommunication...
August 14, 2017: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921274/evaluating-determinants-of-rural-villagers-engagement-in-conservation-and-waste-management-behaviors-based-on-integrated-conceptual-framework-of-pro-environmental-behavior
#17
Piyapong Janmaimool, Chaweewan Denpaiboon
This study aims to evaluate determinants of villagers' engagement in pro-environmental behavior (PEB), including ecological conservation behavior (ECB) and waste management behavior (WMB). An integrated exploratory model representing the proposed relationship between villagers' engagement in ECB/WMB and their determinants was created based on the integration of the theory of planned behavior (TPB), the Stern's value belief norm (VBN) theory, environmental education and psychosocial characteristic perspectives...
December 2016: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812855/-mr-cummings-clearly-does-not-understand-the-science-of-genetics-and-should-maybe-go-back-to-school-on-the-subject-an-exploratory-content-analysis-of-the-online-comments-beneath-a-controversial-news-story
#18
Madeline Crosswaite, Kathryn Asbury
An article published in the UK Guardian on 11/10/2013 with the headline 'Genetics outweighs teaching, Gove advisor tells his boss' reported a leaked document written by special advisor Dominic Cummings to the then UK Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove. The article generated 3008 on-line reader comments from the public. These reader comments offer a naturalistic opportunity to understand public opinion regarding Cummings' controversial suggestions and ideas. We conducted a content analysis of n = 800 reader comments, coding them on the basis of level of agreement with the ideas and opinions expressed in the article...
December 2016: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27558392/mars-ain-t-the-kind-of-place-to-raise-your-kid-ethical-implications-of-pregnancy-on-missions-to-colonize-other-planets
#19
Haley Schuster, Steven L Peck
The colonization of a new planet will inevitably bring about new bioethical issues. One is the possibility of pregnancy during the mission. During the journey to the target planet or moon, and for the first couple of years before a colony has been established and the colony has been accommodated for children, a pregnancy would jeopardize the safety of the crew and the wellbeing of the child. The principal concern with a pregnancy during an interplanetary mission is that it could put the entire crew in danger...
December 2016: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27465504/integrated-assessment-of-emerging-science-and-technologies-as-creating-learning-processes-among-assessment-communities
#20
Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Barbara Ribeiro, Nils B Heyen, Rasmus Øjvind Nielsen, Erik Thorstensen, Erik de Bakker, Lars Klüver, Thomas Reiss, Volkert Beekman, Kate Millar
Emerging science and technologies are often characterised by complexity, uncertainty and controversy. Regulation and governance of such scientific and technological developments needs to build on knowledge and evidence that reflect this complicated situation. This insight is sometimes formulated as a call for integrated assessment of emerging science and technologies, and such a call is analysed in this article. The article addresses two overall questions. The first is: to what extent are emerging science and technologies currently assessed in an integrated way...
December 2016: Life Sciences, Society and Policy
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