Nutrition and Genomics

Nutrition and Genomics

Issues of Ethics, Law, Regulation and Communication

1st Edition - March 9, 2009

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  • Editors: David Castle, Nola Ries
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920825

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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.

Key Features

*Explores the rapidly developing, yet not fully understood, impact of nutrigenomics on the relationship to food medicalization, genetic privacy, nutrition and health.
*Provides ground for further exploration to identify issues and provide analysis to aid in policy and regulation development
*Provides ethical and legal insights into this unfolding science, as well as serving as a model for thinking about issues arising in other fields of science and technology


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.

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


Product details

  • No. of pages: 312
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2009
  • Published: March 9, 2009
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080920825

About the Editors

David Castle

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Science, Society and Policy, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Nola Ries

Affiliations and Expertise

Health Law Institute, University of Alberta, Canada

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