© 2008

Genetics from Laboratory to Society

Societal Learning as an Alternative to Regulation

  • Gerard de Vries
  • Klasien Horstman

Part of the Health, Technology and Society book series (HTE)

About this book


Based on detailed studies of the actual use of genetic testing in context, this book looks at the ethical and political questions raised by the expanding role of genetic information in society. In contrast to the established perspective which focuses on individual freedom, the authors emphasize a pragmatic approach focussed on societal learning.


ethics genetics Moral morality prenatal diagnosis

Editors and affiliations

  • Gerard de Vries
    • 1
  • Klasien Horstman
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamNetherlands
  2. 2.Technical University EindhovenNetherlands
  3. 3.University of MaastrichtThe Netherlands

About the editors

RUTH BENSCHOP University of Maastricht, the Netherlands MARIANNE BOENINK University of Twente, the Netherlands KLASIEN HORSTMAN University of Maastricht, the Netherlands INE VAN HOYWEGHEN University of Maastricht, the Netherlands CARIN SMAND University of Maastricht, the Netherlands and the Dutch Transplantation Foundation REIN VOS University of Maastricht, the Netherlands GERARD DE VRIES University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Scientific Council for Government Policy, The Hague, the Netherlands MYRA C.B.VAN ZWIETEN Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Bibliographic information


'...provides a rich understanding of the social context and complexities of genetic testing, across a range of disorders and including both micro-level, family-specific aspects of genetic testing and the social, third-party areas of insurance and employment...I recommend it highly.' - Angus J. Clarke, Human Genetics