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Genomics and Environmental Regulation

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October 2008


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Genomics and Environmental Regulation

Science, Ethics, and Law

To reduce the deleterious effects of environmental contamination, governments across the world have enacted regulations broadly conceived for entire populations. Information arising out of the Human Genome Project and other cutting-edge genetic research is shifting the policymaking process. This fascinating volume draws on experts from academia, government, industry, and nongovernmental organizations to examine the science of genomic research as applied to environmental policy.

The first section explores environmental policy applications, including subpopulation genetic profiling, industrial regulations, and standardizing governmental evaluation of genomic data. The second section assesses from multiple angles the legal framework involved in applying genomics to environmental regulation. In the third section, the contributors review closely the implications of genomic research for occupational health, from disease prevention and genetic susceptibility to toxicants, to workers’ rights and potential employment discrimination. A fourth section explores the bioethical and philosophical complications of bringing genetic data and research into nonclinical regulatory frameworks.

Genomics and Environmental Regulation points to ways in which information on toxicology and genetics can be used to craft more precise and efficient regulations.

Richard R. Sharp is the director of bioethics research at the Cleveland Clinic. Gary E. Marchant is the Lincoln Professor of Emerging Technologies at Arizona State University, where he is also a professor of law and life sciences and the executive director of the Center for Law, Science, and Technology. Jamie A. Grodsky is an associate professor at the George Washington University Law School.

"The authors must be complemented for having addressed an exceedingly complex subject and have gathered a wealth of information in one volume."

"A canonical compilation of fundamental issues of this topic by leaders in the field... Timely work."

"The breadth of material supported by real-world scenarios makes this an excellent resource for students of law or the sciences interested in the intersection of these fields."

" Genomics and Environmental Regulation makes a superb contribution to the literature. The editors have tapped top scholars and put together an excellent resource that occupies the outer, cutting edge of this rapidly developing field."

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