Editorial: genetics, information and identity
IDIS is a multidisciplinary journal with a focus on identity in the information society. The information society is usually associated with information and communication technologies, such as computers, mobile phones and the Internet, and with information in the form of computer- or human-readable data. In this special issue on genetics, information and identity, however, we focus on a different type of information, namely genetic information. The DNA of the human genome is often called a ‘blueprint’ of human life, containing information that regulates—in various and very complex ways—most of the processes in human life. In this sense, genetics may well be considered an information technology in its own right.
Genetic information is becoming ever more important in society, although current knowledge of the human genome and how the genome relates to human life is still limited. Nevertheless, what knowledge we have about the genetic make-up of people—whether in terms of congen
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Identity in the Information Society
Volume 3, Issue 3 , pp 415-421
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- 1. Centre for Professional Ethics, Keele University, Room CBC 2.027, Chancellor’s Building, Keele, Staffordshire, ST5 5BG, UK
- 2. Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, Tilburg University, PO Box 90153, 5000 LE, Tilburg, The Netherlands
- 3. Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy of Medicine, ErasmusMC, PO Box 2040, 3000CA, Rotterdam, The Netherlands