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Explosives, Genomics, and the Environment Conducting Public Deliberation on Topics of Complex Science and Social Controversy
Sage Open (2013)
  • Dan Badulescu, H&A Columbus + UBC + UNAM
Abstract
RDX is an explosive that is also a neurotoxin and implicated in adverse health outcomes. Because of its widespread use in military and civilian operations, there is growing concern about potential environmental and health implications. One promising method of bioremediation involves genomic studies of soil microbes. These health concerns and technological issues intersect with social and political dimensions raising questions about public responses to genomic technologies and the degree of environmental accounting expected from the military. In cases of novel technologies entering into contested social spaces, public engagement can be useful to inform broader policy debates. Building on previous work, in this article, we outline the rationale, methods, and results of a public deliberation on these issues. To our knowledge, this is the first study of its kind on the issues of RDX pollution and microbial genomics, and thus provides an important baseline on public sentiment on these issues.
Keywords
  • Military,
  • biotechnology,
  • genomics,
  • consultation,
  • public deliberation,
  • contrversy,
  • social impact of technologies
Publication Date
Spring March 8, 2013
DOI
10.1177/215824401347895
Citation Information
Dan Badulescu. "Explosives, Genomics, and the Environment Conducting Public Deliberation on Topics of Complex Science and Social Controversy" Sage Open (2013) p. 1 - 17 ISSN: 10.1177/215824401347895
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/dan-badulescu/4/