This blog provides a meeting point for the community of researchers interested in understanding and examining the social and cultural context of developments associated with the discovery and application of the knowledge and technology linked to genetics and breast cancer. The identification of two inherited susceptibility genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 in the mid 1990’s associated with an increased risk of breast cancer and the translation of this discovery into clinical practice has been one of the most high profile events of recent rapid developments in the field of genetic knowledge. This knowledge and associated genetic testing and risk assessment techniques are being incorporated into different medical health care arenas across a global terrain of transnational research and medical practice that is expanding and diversifying.
We are anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists, historians and medical sociologists. As a group we are interested in the enormous range of socio-political issues that come up in the context of BRCA-related research, including: the impact of biotechnological developments on contemporary medical practices; the interrelation of subjectivities, medicalpractices and socio-political rationalities; the local connections between genetics, medicine and women’s health; global and local research developments in the field of BRCA; and the ontological andepistemological ‘being’ of the breast cancer genes. We enjoy the challenge of working closely across different disciplinary backgrounds (from different national systems)and wellcome the opportunity to expand these conversations.