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February 7, 2001

Genetics, FamilyExperiencing the New Genetics: Family and Kinship on the Medical Frontier

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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by Kaja Finkler, 276 pp, $65, ISBN 0-8122-3538-X, paper, $24.95, ISBN 0-8122-1720-9, Philadelphia, Pa, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2000.

JAMA. 2001;285(5):658-659. doi:10.1001/jama.285.5.658-JBK0207-5-1

Approaching genetics from the perspective of anthropology, Professor Kaja Finkler argues in Experiencing the New Genetics that the notion of genetic inheritance has achieved hegemonic proportions in the contemporary United States, as a result profoundly influencing people's lives and interactions with family and kin. Her book addresses two questions: "How do people experience the ideology of genetic inheritance, particularly within the context of their family and kin relations, and why has genetic inheritance become a major theme in contemporary life?" To answer these questions, Finkler draws upon a broad range of anthropological and biomedical literature as well as her own empirical research.

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