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Public and Professional Understandings of Genetics

  1. Sarah Cunningham-Burley

Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0005865.pub2

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How to Cite

Cunningham-Burley, S. 2008. Public and Professional Understandings of Genetics. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2008

Abstract

Knowledge generated by human genetic research is understood and interpreted differently by different population groups and a range of concerns about developments is also raised. Public and professional understandings are both relevant in the context of the social issues that genetics raises for human health and for clinical practice.

Keywords:

  • public understanding;
  • public involvement;
  • lay expertise;
  • professional expertise;
  • technical and social knowledge