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"Personal genomics, expectations and democracy"

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Adam Hedgecoe is a Sociologist of science and technology focusing on the biomedical sciences. For over ten years he has researched the impact of genetic testing on professional practise in a range of diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes, and Schizophrenia, as well as the pharmacogenetics of Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer (about which he has written aprize winning book). He has a particular interest in the sociology of expectations, looking at how hopes and fears about new technologies feed back into their development and the growth of ethical and regulatory debates. More recently, he has looked at the development of ethics as a system of governance in the biomedical sciences, leading a three-year European Commission funded project carrying out a comparative ethnography on research ethics committees in four European countries. He has a Ph.D. from the Department of Science and Technology Studies at University College London, and has previously worked for the technology assessment units of both the European and British Parliaments.

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