By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Life Sciences, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants, Committee on Communicating Toxicogenomics Informatio

Toxicogenomics, the examine of ways genomes reply to publicity to toxicants, may well finally carry the promise of detecting alterations within the expression of a person's genes if she or he is uncovered to those toxicants. because the know-how quickly develops, it truly is severe that scientists and the general public speak concerning the offers and boundaries of this new box. speaking technical details to the general public a few constructing technology may be difficult, quite while the functions of that technology aren't but good understood.

Communicating Toxicogenomics details to Nonexperts is the precis of a workshop designed to think about innovations for speaking toxicogenomic info to the general public and different non- professional audiences, particularly addressing the communique of a few key social, moral, and criminal concerns with regards to toxicogenomics and addressing how details concerning the social implications of toxicogenomics can be perceived through nonexperts.

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S. population does not yet have access to it. These people must rely on many different media for their information. In his research, Dr. Viswanath has found that a variety of factors—such as age, education, socioeconomic status, income, geography, and sex—determine whether and how people use the Internet to obtain information. These socioeconomic factors also affect the use of newspapers, television, and magazines as information sources. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.

In many cases, the more a person knows about a risk, the more comfortable he or she is likely to be with it. As the uncertainty and level of harm associated with the risk increase, a person’s comfort level tends to 2 Applicable at the individual level. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 28 Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Nonexperts decrease (Dunwoody 2004). “Self inflicted risks,” such as the risk associated with voluntarily driving a car, may be viewed very differently and elicit different emotional responses than risks imposed by others or by the environment, such as the risk from consuming contaminated drinking water.

Genet. Test 6(1):25-30. , S. Dunwoody, and K. Neuwirth. 1999. Proposed model of the relationship of risk information seeking and processing to the development of preventive behaviors. Environ. Res. 80(2 Pt 2):S230-S245. , P. Madden, and M. Lynskey. 2002. The genetics of tobacco use: Methods, findings and policy implications. Tob. Control 11(2):119-124. Lawrence, D. 2004. Toxicogenomics and Health Disparities. Presentation at the Sixth Meeting on Emerging Issues and Data on Environmental Contaminants—Communicating Toxicogenomics Information to Non-Experts: A Workshop, April 22, 2004, Washington, DC.

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