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  1. Concern for and interest in research integrity has increased significantly during recent decades, both in academic and in policy discourse. Both in terms of diagnostics and in terms of therapy, the tendency in...

    Authors: Hub Zwart and Ruud ter Meulen

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2019 15:5

    Content type: Editorial

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  2. In Western countries, a social trend toward delaying childbearing has been observed in women of reproductive age for the last two decades. This delay is due to different factors related to lifestyle, such as t...

    Authors: Pamela Tozzo, Antonio Fassina, Patrizia Nespeca, Gloria Spigarolo and Luciana Caenazzo

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2019 15:3

    Content type: Research

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  3. The emergence of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) science movements is becoming a topic widely discussed in academia and policy, as well as by the general public and the media. While DIY approaches enjoy increasing diffus...

    Authors: Federico Ferretti

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2019 15:1

    Content type: Research

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  4. Critics of the use of advanced biotechnologies in the agri-food sector (“New Breeding Techniques”, comprising CRISPR) demand a strict regulation of any such method, even more severe than rules applied to so-ca...

    Authors: Giovanni Tagliabue

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:25

    Content type: Research

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  5. This paper presents a collaboration between social scientists and a chemist exploring the promises for new therapy development at the intersection between synthetic biology and nanotechnology. Drawing from eth...

    Authors: Matthew Kearnes, Declan Kuch and Angus Johnston

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:22

    Content type: Research

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  6. The emerging field of synthetic biology, the (re-)designing and construction of biological parts, devices and systems for useful purposes, may simultaneously resolve some issues and raise others. In order to d...

    Authors: Afke Wieke Betten, Virgil Rerimassie, Jacqueline E. W. Broerse, Dirk Stemerding and Frank Kupper

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:21

    Content type: Research

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  7. Biomedical research projects involving multiple partners from public and private sectors require coherent internal governance mechanisms to engender good working relationships. The DIRECT project is an example...

    Authors: Harriet J. A. Teare, Federico de Masi, Karina Banasik, Anna Barnett, Sanna Herrgard, Bernd Jablonka, Jacqueline W. M. Postma, Timothy J. McDonald, Ian Forgie, Piotr J. Chmura, Emil K. Rydzka, Ramneek Gupta, Soren Brunak, Ewan Pearson and Jane Kaye

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:20

    Content type: Research

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  8. Synthetic biology is the engineering view on biotechnology that ultimately aims at fulfilling the quest of building an artificial cell. From the very first attempts of synthesizing life, this subject has made ...

    Authors: Manuel Porcar and Juli Peretó

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:19

    Content type: Review

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  9. The extent to which machine metaphors are used in synthetic biology is striking. These metaphors contain a specific perspective on organisms as well as on scientific and technological progress. Expressions suc...

    Authors: Joachim Boldt

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:12

    Content type: Research

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  10. The Council of Europe’s legal regulation concerning development of biology and medicine undoubtedly form the most interesting, but certainly not perfect, over-national system of protection of human beings in p...

    Authors: Oktawian Nawrot

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:11

    Content type: Review

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  11. This paper poses the question of whether people have a duty to participate in digital epidemiology. While an implied duty to participate has been argued for in relation to biomedical research in general, digit...

    Authors: Brent Mittelstadt, Justus Benzler, Lukas Engelmann, Barbara Prainsack and Effy Vayena

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:9

    Content type: Research

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  12. Communication by public authorities during a crisis situation is an essential and indispensable part of any response to a situation that may threaten both life and property. In the online connected world possi...

    Authors: Paul Quinn

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:4

    Content type: Research

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  13. In this article we explore how diagnostic and therapeutic technologies shape the lived experiences of illness for patients. By analysing a wide range of examples, we identify six ways that technology can (tran...

    Authors: Bjørn Hofmann and Fredrik Svenaeus

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:3

    Content type: Research

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  14. Emerging RRI practices have goals with respect to learning, governance and achieving RRI outcomes (action). However, few practices actually achieve the action phase as actors lack room to manoeuvre, and lack g...

    Authors: Irja Marije de Jong, Frank Kupper and Jacqueline Broerse

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:2

    Content type: Research

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  15. Digital Epidemiology is a new field that has been growing rapidly in the past few years, fueled by the increasing availability of data and computing power, as well as by breakthroughs in data analytics methods...

    Authors: Marcel Salathé

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2018 14:1

    Content type: Research

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  16. We address the question “does digital epidemiology represent an epistemic shift in infectious disease epidemiology” from a statistician’s viewpoint. Our main argument is that infectious disease epidemiology ha...

    Authors: Michael Höhle

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:17

    Content type: Research

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  17. The present article allows to explore, analyze and reflect on the consequences and problems posed by biobanks and attempts to prove the need of social and humanitarian support in establishing and functioning o...

    Authors: E. V. Bryzgalina, K. Y. Alasania, T. A. Varkhotov, S. M. Gavrilenko and E. M. Shkomova

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:15

    Content type: Research

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  18. The concept of mutual responsiveness is currently based on little empirical data in the literature of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). This paper explores RRI’s idea of mutual responsiveness in the l...

    Authors: Matti Sonck, Lotte Asveld, Laurens Landeweerd and Patricia Osseweijer

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:14

    Content type: Research

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  19. Metaphors are not just decorative rhetorical devices that make speech pretty. They are fundamental tools for thinking about the world and acting on the world. The language we use to make a better world matters...

    Authors: Carmen McLeod and Brigitte Nerlich

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:13

    Content type: Research

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  20. Intensified and extensive data production and data storage are characteristics of contemporary western societies. Health data sharing is increasing with the growth of Information and Communication Technology (...

    Authors: Brígida Riso, Aaro Tupasela, Danya F. Vears, Heike Felzmann, Julian Cockbain, Michele Loi, Nana C. H. Kongsholm, Silvia Zullo and Vojin Rakic

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:12

    Content type: Research

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  21. Scientific risk evaluations are constructed by specific evidence, value judgements and biological background assumptions. The latter are the framework-setting suppositions we apply in order to understand some ...

    Authors: Elena Rocca and Fredrik Andersen

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:11

    Content type: Research

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  22. Current policy approaches to social and ethical issues surrounding biobanks manifest lack of public information given by researchers and government, despite the evidence that Italian citizens are well informed...

    Authors: Pamela Tozzo, Antonio Fassina and Luciana Caenazzo

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:9

    Content type: Research

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  23. Indian Biotech opponents have attributed the increase of suicides to the monopolization of GM seeds, centering on patent control, application of terminator technology, marketing strategy, and increased product...

    Authors: Gigesh Thomas and Johan De Tavernier

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:8

    Content type: Research

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  24. The rise of ‘big biology’ is bringing academic and industrial scientists together in large consortia to address translational challenges in the life sciences. In order to assess the impact of this change, this...

    Authors: Michael Morrison

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:7

    Content type: Research

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  25. The aim of this manuscript is to highlight that from the phenomenology and psychoanalysis point of view, the meaning of the notion of the body is different from the medical biologicist discourse. In psychoanalysi...

    Authors: Paulina Monjaraz Fuentes, María del Carmen Rojas Hernández, Stefano Santasilia and Fernanda Monjaraz Fuentes

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:6

    Content type: Research

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  26. Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is a science policy concept that gained traction from 2000 onwards in the EU and US, in which alignment on purposes and values between different stakeholders is a key ...

    Authors: Irja Marije de Jong, Frank Kupper, Corine de Ruiter and Jacqueline Broerse

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:2

    Content type: Research

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  27. In October 2015 the UK enacted legislation to permit the clinical use of two cutting edge germline-altering, IVF-based embryonic techniques: pronuclear transfer and maternal spindle transfer (PNT and MST). The...

    Authors: Erica Haimes and Ken Taylor

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2017 13:1

    Content type: Research

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  28. This study aims to evaluate determinants of villagers’ engagement in pro-environmental behavior (PEB), including ecological conservation behavior (ECB) and waste management behavior (WMB). An integrated explor...

    Authors: Piyapong Janmaimool and Chaweewan Denpaiboon

    Citation: Life Sciences, Society and Policy 2016 12:12

    Content type: Research

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