Books et al.Genomics

After the genome rush

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Science  31 Jul 2015:
Vol. 349, Issue 6247, pp. 483
DOI: 10.1126/science.aac6181

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Postgenomics: Perspectives on Biology After the Genome contains 12 essays from philosophers and social scientists that reflect on the diverse consequences of this "genomics revolution." Topics range from the history of network theory and its effect on the development of bioinformatics modeling to broader ethical and philosophical considerations, such as data donation and curation, and the role that genomic data should play in eliminating health disparities. Praising the volume as "an honest and timely discussion of important issues in contemporary bioscience," reviewer P. William Hughes recommends the book to biologists and philosophers interested in learning more about the new discoveries and technical improvements that have been made since the advent of genomics, as well as the attendant philosophical and sociological implications.