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12 February 2015

Personalized medicine is commonly described as moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach, towards healthcare services that are tailored to the needs and characteristics of individuals. Its focus on profiling, prevention, early detection, and tailored treatments is considered as a good way to rise to the political, social and scientific challenges characterising contemporary healthcare.

10 February 2015

In recent years debate has spurred over the potential conflict between two emerging paradigms in biomedicine: Personalized Medicine (PM) and Person-Centered Medicine (PCM). Though both P-Med and PCM aim at tailoring therapies to the individual level, they do so by resorting to different conceptual frameworks and techniques.

7 November 2013

Bioprospecting – the collection, screening and scientific use of plant genetic information to improve food crops and for the development of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and other consumer goods – is testimony to the ever-increasing value of biodiversity in the global economy. But in what does the challenge of a global genetic resource management consist and why should scientists and the wider public care about its social implications?

26 September 2013

The expressions “biological replicate” and “technical replicate” are ubiquitous in biology, but they are surprisingly recent. At first glance, the adjectives suggest that one can understand these notions in terms of a distinction between biological variation and technological variations. This however becomes problematic as soon as biological systems are used as instruments.

1 August 2013

Since the beginning of the 1990s, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has become an important technique in cognitive neuroscience. An MRI scanner can acquire low-definition pictures of the human brain in only 2s, and this is repeatedly done for the whole duration of a certain cognitive task, e.g. recognizing the emotions expressed by human faces that are shown on a screen.