Sunday, February 24, 2008

Social concerns with medical technology

The New York Times has a couple of interesting articles today which deal with how medical technology - in these cases genetic testing and vaccination - may be sidetracked by social issues. This is the type of information that it's hard to carry with an object when you add it to a museum collection, I think. And note that the second article, on Gardasil vaccination for cervical cancer and genital warts ran in the Style section!

The DNA Age
Insurance Fears Lead Many to Shun DNA Tests
Published: February 24, 2008
Afraid of having genetic information used against them, many Americans do not take advantage of its growing availability.

Fashion & Style
Vaccinating Boys for Girls’ Sake?
Published: February 24, 2008
A new front for the fight against cervical cancer involves boys.

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