Nutrition and Genomics

Issues of Ethics, Law, Regulation and Communication

Edited by

  • David Castle, Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Nola Ries, Health Law Institute, University of Alberta, Canada

Nutrigenomics is the rapidly developing field of science that studies nutrient-gene interaction. This field has broad implications for understanding the interaction of human genomics and nutrition, but can also have very specific implications for individual dietary recommendations in light of personal genetics. Predicted applications for nutrigenomics include genomics-based dietary guidelines and personalized nutrition based on individual genetic tests. These developments have sweeping ethical, legal and regulatory implications for individuals, corporations and governments.This book brings together experts in ethics, law, regulatory analysis, and communication studies to identify and address relevant issues in the emerging field of nutritional genomics. Contributing authors are experts in the social aspects of biotechnology innovation, with expertise in nutrigenomics. From addressing the concern that nutrigenomics will transform food into medicine and undermine pleasures associated with eating to the latest in the science of nutrigenomics, this book provides a world-wide perspective on the potential impact of nutrigenomics on our association with food.
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Academics interested in science and society issues in emerging technologies. Nutritionists, food scientists, policy makers and regulators, and companies working with nutrigenomics who must consider the larger picture involved in this issue.


Book information

  • Published: March 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-374125-7

Table of Contents

Editor’s Introduction

Chapter 1

Nutrigenomics: Current Research Trends

Jose Ordovas

Chapter 2

Translating Nutrigenomics Research into Practice: The Example of Soy Protein

Elaine S. Krul and Peter J. Gillies

Chapter 3

Application of Nutrigenomics: An Industry Perspective

Rosalynn Gill-Garrison

Chapter 4

Regulation of Genetic Tests: An International Comparison

Stuart Hogarth

Chapter 5

Risk-Based Regulation of Direct-to-Consumer Nutrigenetic Tests

Nola M. Ries

Chapter 6

The Impact of Genomics on Innovation in Foods and Drugs: Can Canadian Law Step Up to the Challenge?

Karine Morin

Chapter 7

Placing healthy eating in the everyday context: towards an action approach of gene-based personalized nutrition advice

Laura Bouwman & Cees van Woerkum

Chapter 8

Health Care Provider Capacity in Nutrition and Genetics-A Canadian Case Study

Jennifer Farrell

Chapter 9

Advancing Knowledge Translation in Nutritional Genomics by Addressing Knowledge, Skills and Confidence Gaps of Registered Dietitians

Ellen Vogel, Ruth DeBusk, and Milly Ryan-Harshman

Chapter 10

Understanding Hopes and Concerns about Nutrigenomics: Canadian public opinion research involving health care professionals and the public

Allan Cassels

Chapter 11

Pitching products, pitching ethics: Selling nutrigenetic tests as lifestyle or medicine

Paula Saukko

Chapter 12

Framing Nutrigenomics for Individual and Public Health: Public Representations of an Emerging Field

Timothy Caulfield, Jacob Shelley, Tania Bubela & Leia Minaker

Chapter 13

The Personal and the Public in Nutrigenomics

David Castle

Chapter 14

Food Styles and the Future of Nutrigenomics

Michiel Korthals

Editor’s Conclusion