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Emerging Technologies

From Hindsight to Foresight

How should we think about these radical technologies? Too often our social reactions to new technologies occur only in hindsight, after a technology has penetrated the marketplace. However, recent experience teaches that much may be gained by practising forethought and foresight. Emerging Technologies addresses the ethical, legal, and social dimensions of emerging technologies and assesses their social and policy implications. Contributors examine the development, impact, and governance of new technologies emerging from a variety of fields, including biotechnology, genetics, stem cell research, pharmacology, and nanotechnology.


372 pages


Table of Contents

Introduction: Making Sense of Emerging Technologies / Edna F. Einsiedel

Part 1: Hindsight Learnings

1  GM Foods in Hindsight / William Hallman

2  Patentable Subject Matter: Who Owns What Knowledge? / Chika B. Onwuekwe

3  Patents in the Public Sphere: Public Perceptions and Biotechnology Patents / Edna F. Einsiedel

Part 2: Foresight Applications

(Transgenic) Animal Farm

4  Of Biotechnology and Blind Chickens / Paul B. Thompson

5  Transgenic Salmon: Regulatory Oversight of an Anticipated Technology / Emily Marden, Holly Longstaff, and Ed Levy

Fields of Pharmas: Plant Molecular Farming

6  The Emerging Technology of Plant Molecular Farming / Michele Veeman

7  Policy and Regulatory Challenges for Plant-Made Pharmaceuticals in the United States / Patrick A. Stewart

8  Forestalling Liabilities? Stakeholder Participation and Regulatory Development / Stuart Smyth

In the Stem Cell Fields

9  When Human Dignity Is Not Enough: Embryonic Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning in Canada / Tania Bubela and Timothy Caulfield

Drugs -- Up Close and Personal: Engaging Pharmacogenomics

10  Banking on Trust: Issues of Informed Consent in Pharmacogenetic Research / Rose Geransar

11  Pharmacogenomic Promises: Reflections on Semantics, Genohype, and Global Justice / Bryn Williams-Jones and Vural Ozdemir

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