Public Health Genomics—Anthropological Interventions in the Quest for Molecular Medicine
Article first published online: 8 NOV 2013
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Medical Anthropology Quarterly
Special Issue: Public Health Genomics
Volume 27, Issue 4, pages 471–488, December 2013
How to Cite
Taussig, K.-S. and Gibbon, S. E. (2013), Introduction. Medical Anthropology Quarterly, 27: 471–488. doi: 10.1111/maq.12055
- Issue published online: 28 FEB 2014
- Article first published online: 8 NOV 2013
- public health;
We introduce this special issue of Medial Anthropology Quarterly on public health genomics by exploring both the unique contribution of ethnographic sensibility that medical anthropologists bring to the study of genomics and some of the key insights offered by the essays in this collection. As anthropologists, we are concerned with the power dynamics and larger cultural commitments embedded in practices associated with public health. We seek to understand, first, the broad significance of genomics as a cultural object and, second, the social action set into motion as researchers seek to translate genomic knowledge and technology into public health benefits.