Challenges of Genomics to Obesity and Traditional Ethics

  • Michiel KorthalsEmail author
Part of the The International Library of Environmental, Agricultural and Food Ethics book series (LEAF, volume 18)


No one will have failed to notice that the 21st century will be the century of genomics and biotechnology or more broadly of the life sciences. In the last decade of the 20th century citizens of developed countries were confronted with questions like: Which gene is responsible for which characteristic? How are the activities of genes influenced by other genes and by other environmental factors such as diet? How can one determine which food is healthy for which person with certain genetic characteristics? Will the life sciences not only permit to develop food and medicines engineered to each person’s specific DNA, but even to purposefully (re)construct its applicants? The next decade saw a multiplication of these questions.


Risk Perception Grey Zone Individual Autonomy Obese Person Genetic Determinism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied PhilosophyWageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands

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