Thursday, January 25th, 2007 Inside Out: From the Test Tube to the Dinner Table.
Scientific expertise plays a pervasive role in the discovery, implementation and safety-assessment of the applications of such expertise in our day-to-day world, such as the foods we consume and the medicines we take.
It plays this role because of its success at unlocking nature's secrets at the level of the laboratory and clinic - that space "inside the test tube" that enjoys our confidence, but is largely hidden from public view. But by what pathways does this expertise translate into the processes and products that we all consume, our "dinner tables" so to speak? This lecture will use specific examples drawn from the domains of the pharmaceutical and food industries to examine in particular the role played by government oversight of these pathways on behalf of the public they serve. Whom are we trusting, in fact, along the way? Do we have cause for concern?
Speaker: Dr. Janice Graham holds the Canada Research Chair in Bioethics at Dalhousie University, Halifax. Dr. Graham is a medical anthropologist interested in diagnostic imaginaries, biotechnology and technoscience. Graham is also Director of the Qualitative Research Commons and Studio.