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A technology to produce risk and disease: a comparative analysis of genetic testing for breast cancer

Dr Shobita Parthasarathy, University of California, Los Angeles, gives a public seminar on genetic testing for breast cancer, on Tuesday 21 June at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) on Tuesday 21 June.

The event is scheduled as part of ESRC Social Science Week, which takes place across the UK from Monday 20 to Friday 24 June, and is hosted by the ESRC Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation (CARR) at LSE.

The recent development of testing technologies that generate information about genetic susceptibility to diseases has led to considerable concern about the possible creation of a new category of at-risk individuals who will consequently be medically, socially, and economically disadvantaged. But what role does national context play in the way these risks are defined and for the new categories of at-risk individuals that might emerge?

Using comparative case studies of the development of genetic testing for breast cancer in the United States and Britain, Dr Shobita Parthasarathy will demonstrate that political cultures, institutional structures, and regulatory frameworks have played a very important role in the development of the new testing technology. This has important, nationally-specific consequences for the way at-risk individuals are defined and the types of management and therapeutic options available to them.

A Technology to produce Risk and Disease: a comparative analysis of genetic testing for breast cancer is on Tuesday 21 June at 1-2.30pm in H615, Connaught House, LSE.

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To request a press seat or for more information, contact Anna Pili, CARR, tel: 020 7955 6265, email: a.pili@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This event is scheduled as part of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Social Science Week, which takes place across the UK from Monday 20 to Friday 24 June.

The week aims to offer everyone the opportunity to discover what the UK's social scientists are doing and how social science research can contribute to better policymaking and, ultimately, a better society.

LSE is participating in the week with a range of events. Further details are online at:
LSE and ESRC Social Science Week|

20 June 2005

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